The village of Nulato is beginning evacuations as the Nulato fire is approaching the new town settlement.
The fire started on Sunday just a mile from the village. According to the Alaska fire service it was caused by lightning.
Volunteers are taking boats from Galena, about 40 miles upriver, to move people out of the village.
Galena-based missionary Jon Casey is in Nulato helping out with the firefighting response. He reports that the fire jumped a fire break created over the past day and winds are now pushing the fire closer to the main residential section of Nulato.
Smokejumpers are on the scene to assist local crews.