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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

Here is a link to a short YouTube video from Bob Bolton https://youtu.be/DIueF91GUKU 

"Bob Bolton shot this video of Fire Boss water scoopers making water bombing drops on the Yankovich Road Fire in west Fairbanks 

from the top of the International Arctic Research Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Aircraft were able to successfully knock down the fire and firefighters are attacking it on the ground to get a control line around it. 

The fire is approximately 3.5 acres."

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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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