USFWS report: Past fuel treatments slowed spread of Card Street Fire

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just released a report that examines the effects of past fuel treatments on the refuge and how they influenced fire behavior and spread during the Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula this past summer. Here’s a brief summary of the report. Click on […]

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DOF’s Kelsa Shilanski voted as Alaska Dispatcher of the Year

Congratulations to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Kelsa Shilanski, who was recently voted Dispatcher of the Year for the Alaska Geographic Area Coordination Center. Shilanski, who has worked for DOF for nine years, topped a strong field of a dozen Alaska wildland fire dispatchers who were nominated for the Golden Teletype Award in Alaska.She displayed […]

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Demobilization begins on 4,862-acre Twin Creeks Fire on Kodiak Island

With the perimeter of the 4,862-acre Twin Creeks Fire on Kodiak Island mostly secured, the Hooper Bay Type 2 crew was released to travel home on Saturday. The number of fire staff will decrease over the next few days as an Alaska Division of Forestry Type 3 Team begins the transition to a smaller Type […]

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Twin Creeks Fire on Kodiak Island is 95 percent contained

Nearly all portions of the Twin Creeks Fire perimeter are now secured, with containment of the 4,868-acre fire on Kodiak Island expected to reach 95 percent by Friday evening. Also on Friday, a “Palm IR” flight took place by helicopter around the fire’s perimeter to identify the locations of any remaining ‘hotspots.’ The Palm IR […]

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With help from local community, Twin Creeks Fire on Kodiak Island now 50 percent contained

With the help of locally hired resources and other cooperators, the Alaska Division of Forestry has contained 50 percent of the Twin Creeks Fire, also known as the Chiniak Fire, which started on Kodiak Island on Aug. 27. New mapping has reduced the size of the fire to 4,868 acres and current fire activity is […]

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Substantial progress made in containing Twin Creeks Fire on Kodiak Island

The 5,268-acre Twin Creeks Fire, also known as the Chiniak Fire on Kodiak Island, is 30 percent contained as of Wednesday morning. Current fire activity is limited to smoldering in areas of heavier fuels. With the change in weather and winds today, light smoke may be present in the Chiniak area. The weather outlook for […]

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State Forestry firefighters respond to small fire near King Mountain north of Sutton

The Alaska Division of Forestry mobilized a response to a small fire reported near King Mountain north of Sutton at approximately Mile 71 of the Glenn Highway on Tuesday afternoon. A local pilot reported the fire after seeing smoke at approximately 4 p.m. The King Fire Mountain Fire is not accessible by road and firefighters […]

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Crews mopping up Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake; Sheep Creek Fire is controlled

Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters continued mop-up work on the 52-acre Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake on Tuesday. Crews mopped up about 200 feet in all the way around the fire perimeter and a helicopter with a water bucket worked the fire for about half a shift. Crews also gridded a 2-acre spot fire […]

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Crews continue working to control two fires in Mat-Su Valley

Division of Forestry firefighters are making good progress on controlling two wildland fires that ignited in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley over the weekend. More than 50 personnel are working to contain the 52-acre Horseshoe Lake Fire near Big Lake that blew up on Sunday and nearly forced the evacuation of homes in the Rogers Road area. […]

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More help arrives to assist with Twin Creeks Fire on Kodiak Island

Monday, Aug. 31,  – 5:45 p.m. – Late last night the Yukon Type 2 Initial Attack crew arrived into Kodiak by ferry from Homer, along with their vehicles. They join more than 70 firefighters already on scene battling the 5,280-acre Twin Creeks Fire near Chiniak, including the Hooper Bay and Upper Kalskag Type II crews. […]

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