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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Swampy terrain, calmer winds slow wildfire near Big Lake

As of 5 p.m., the Horseshoe Lake Fire, a 25-acre fire at the end of Miller’s Reach Road near Big Lake in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, has run into swampy terrain and slowed some. Mat-Su Area Fire Management Officer Norm McDonald with the Alaska Division of Forestry, reports that a fireline built by dozers could surround […]

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Alaska crews spread out across four states in Pacific Northwest

What’s the difference between fighting fire in the Lower 48 and Alaska? Well, there are several differences but one of the biggest is steep terrain, evidenced by these pictures taken by Steve Theisen that show the Allakaket Type 2 Crew working on the Clearwater Complex near Kamiah, Idaho. The Clearwater Complex in northwest Idaho consists […]

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Alaska firefighters headed to Lower 48

As Alaska moves into its seasonal rain pattern, wildland fire activity has moderated. The fire season in the Lower 48, however, is in full swing as the National Preparedness Level moved to five, the highest level of planning and organizing of resources in reaction to increasing fire danger. Firefighters from Alaska are answering the call […]

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Chugach National Forest to Burn Debris Piles near Portage

Anchorage 8/11: 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 August 15 through October 31st, weather conditions permitting. The project area is north of Milepost 78 along the Seward Highway between the Placer River and Placer Overflow.   […]

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Alaska fires have burned more than 5 million acres

The 2015 Alaska fire season reached another milestone Friday by surpassing the 5-million- mark in the number of acres burned so far this season. According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s daily situation report released on Friday, a total of 743 fires have burned 5,013,053.4 acres to date. That total ranks the 2015 fire season […]

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Tanana area fires update, Aug. 2

Special Announcement: Today is the FINAL update for the Tanana Area Fires. The incident containment goals have been met and incident objectives achieved. Special Announcement: The last public meeting to provide fire information will be noon Monday, Aug 3 at the Tanana Community Center. Tanana Area Fire Facts at a Glance TOTAL ACRES: 498,043 Cause: […]

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