Early Forecast for 2015 Alaska Fire Season

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s Predictive Services desk has released its early forecast for the 2015 Alaska fire season. The gist of it is that snowpack around the state is 40-50% below normal, there is potential for a very warm spring and the low snowfall could lead to an early start to the fire season. […]

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AICC 2014 annual report available online

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s 2014 annual report highlighting the 2014 wildfire season statewide is now available on the AICC web page at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/stats/firestats.pdf. It’s loaded with interesting facts and statistics on the 2014 fire season.

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High winds, low snow mean high fire danger for Mat-Su Valley

The Alaska Division of Forestry is advising residents in the Mat-Su Valley to use caution when burning this weekend due to lack of snow and high winds in the Palmer and Wasilla areas. High winds have blown away what little snow was on the ground, exposing grass and brush that could fuel a wildfire, according […]

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Alaska’s official 2014 wildfire numbers

Here are the official statistics for the 2014 Alaska wildfire season as provided by the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. Totals Fires – 393 Acreage burned – 233,529.5 acres Causes Human – 339 fires, 222,905.9 acres Lightning – 54 fires, 10,623.6 acres Fire activity by protection agency Alaska Fire Service – […]

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Proposed changes for the EFF Crew Program

BLM Alaska Fire Service initiates outreach to Alaska Natives on proposed changes for the Alaska Emergency Firefighter (EFF) Crew Program. Fire management officers will present updates and seek additional input from Alaska Native community members and tribal leaders on significant changes proposed this year for the Alaska EFF Type 2 Interagency Crew Management Guide and […]

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Mat-Su grass fires signal high fire danger due to lack of snow

The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to two small grass fires in the Mat-Su Valley on Tuesday, a sign that fire danger in Southcentral Alaska is still high due to the lack of snow and dry conditions. The first fire was reported off Bogard Road in Wasilla at around 7 a.m. and was the result […]

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Winds, dry conditions prompt fire danger warning in Southcentral

State wild fire managers on Friday issued a fire danger warning to residents in the snow- barren portion of the state south of the Alaska Range due to strong winds associated with the super storm expected to hit the Aleutian Islands this weekend. “The wind, combined with dry, snow-free conditions across much of Southcentral Alaska, […]

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Interagency Fall Fire Review begins

October 6, 2014 4:27 p.m. The Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group Interagency Fall Fire Review begins today and runs until October 9. Fire managers from Bureau of Land management, Alaska Division of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and other agencies […]

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Alaska firefighters still busy in Lower 48

Nearly 300 Alaska firefighting personnel remain Outside helping to battle blazes in the Pacific Northwest. 120 Alaska firefighters were still working on the July Complex, a pair of fires that were started by lightning on July 31 and have burned more than 35,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest in northern California. Five Type 2 […]

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Hunters urged to use caution with fire

Aug. 21, 2014, 2:30 p.m. (Fairbanks, AK) – Firefighters from the Division of Forestry in the Mat-Su area responded to a small wildfire northeast of Palmer on Wednesday. Though the cause is still under investigation, the near three-acre fire east of the community of Chickaloon appears to be human caused and hunting related. Based on […]

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