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Posted on: June 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] DIVISION OF FORESTRY RESPONDS TO FIRE NEAR WESTON DRIVE & YANKOVICH ROAD

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friday, july 16, 2021 update on the Yankovich road fire #347

BY THE ALASKA DIVISION OF FORESTRY


5:00 PM UPDATE: YANKOVICH ROAD IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC TO ENSURE A SAFE WORKING ENVIRONMENT FOR FIREFIGHTERS 

WORKING TO CONTAIN THE YANKOVICH ROAD FIRE.

Water bombers and helicopters have made good progress in slowing the spread of the 5-acre fire between Lepus Avenue and Weston Drive 

off Yankovich Road, about one-half mile south of the UAF Large Animal Research Station. The fire size is holding and three crews 

are on scene working to get a control line around the fire. 

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4:00 PM Update: Here's a map showing the location of the Yankovich Road Fire we are currently doing initial attack on. The fire is in a wooded area between 

Lepus Avenue and Weston Drive. Four water-scooping aircraft have been bombing it with water and two helicopters are on scene 

making water drops to try and contain the fire while crews are mobilized. Eight smokejumpers have landed and are hiking into the fire, 

which is about one-half mile off the road system. Helitack and engines are also on scene.Yankovich Road Fire N347 Map at 1600 on 16 JULY 2021

ORIGINAL POST: The Alaska DNR- Division of Forestry (DOF) is currently responding to an estimated 5-acre wildfire near Weston Drive and Yankovich Road in west Fairbanks. Please avoid the area so as not to interfere with firefighters doing inital attack on the fire.

The fire is burning in black spruce and exhibiting rank 4 fire behavior (on a scale of 1-6 with 6 the highest) with single tree torching and flame lengths of 10-12 feet. There are numerous structures in the area, one of which is only about 100 yards north of the fire.

A helicopter is rigging up to drop water on the fire and Helitack and engines are on scene to engage the fire. Four water scoopers have also been ordered to the fire.


A local pilot reported the fire at 2:41 p.m. The fire put up a large smoke column that prompted multiple calls to the Northern Forestry Dispatch Center.


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Remember, these are your official sources of fire information:

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov


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