Chugach National Forest to Burn Debris Piles Near Portage

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2015 Contact: Tim Charnon, (907) 242-8628 Chugach National Forest wildland fire management staff plan to burn piles of woody debris on forest lands in the Portage area beginning the week of April 13 through May 1, weather conditions permitting. The project area is north of Milepost 78 along the Seward […]

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Wildland fire prevention and preparedness week…

April 11, 2015 9:13 a.m. …Starts today! Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed a proclamation declaring April 11-17 as Alaska Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week. The Alaska wildland fire season is fast approaching. Yes, I know it’s snowing today: current weather forecasts suggest that the warm weather experienced during the winter months is likely to continue […]

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ADF&G and State Forestry plan prescribed burn for moose habitat

Working collaboratively with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry, ADF&G plans to conduct a prescribed fire this May in the Little Granite Creek area near Sutton at mile 64 of the Glenn Highway. Burning mature aspen trees in 314 acres of the Matanuska Valley State Moose Range will encourage regeneration, providing moose […]

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Videos on sprinklers, landscape fire risk, and fire spread modeling from April workshop available!

Alaska Fire Science Consortium just posted videos of some keynote presentations of fire management topics from the April 2015 Fire Science Workshop and Fire Management Officer’s meeting.  Devon Barnes, University of Alberta, discusses sprinkler array effectiveness and some deployment pointers; Robert Ziel, Alaska DOF Fire Behavior Specialist, discusses assessing community wildfire risk using landscape models, […]

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Before fire season, there is training season

April 7, 2015 11:45 a.m. The majority of Firefighters in the BLM Alaska Fire Service are either career seasonal or temporary workers. After fire season, they pack up and leave for different parts of the world: a word about those travels in a later blog post. They return each year fresh from their time off […]

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Smokejumper training begins April 6

April 6, 2015 4:48 p.m. Smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service will conduct training jumps starting April 6, 2015 and continue most afternoons during the month of April and through May 23 in preparation for the upcoming fire season. The Smokejumpers will be parachuting in three primary areas: • Over Birch Hill • Chena Lakes […]

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What’s the Alaska Fire Service?

April 1, 2015 You work for the Alaska Fire Service? What is that? Are you part of the state? My fourth fire season is approaching and I still get questions like the ones above. Here’s the thing. Not only from newcomers to the state do I get these questions, but also from Alaskans who have […]

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State burn permits required starting April 1

Starting April 1, general burn permits are required by state law for opening burning on any lands protected by the Alaska Division of Forestry. That includes most of the road-accessible areas throughout the state from Fairbanks south, as well as Southwest Alaska. Burn permits are required from April 1 to August 31 and are subject […]

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Red Flag Warning issued for Matanuska Valley

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for strong wind for the Matanuska Valley effective from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. Winds are expected to be 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Winds will increase early Wednesday afternoon and as temperatures climb the relative humidities will […]

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AICC: Spring fire potential is above normal

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s Predictive Services desk in Fairbanks just released its “March Forecast for 2015 Alaska Fire Season.” “Due to the low snow cover and dry, exposed fuels in southern and southwest Alaska, fire potential will be increasing in late March and April. May has the potential to remain above normal but we […]

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