Alaska fire activity

7:45 a.m. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) reports that there have been 324 fires at 227,285.1  acres in the state. Human related activity continues as the main cause of the fires. There have been 32 fires in the Alaska Fire Service (AFS) protection area, 276 fires in the Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) area and 16 […]

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Wrangell-St. Elias NP Burns Piles of Woody Debris to Reduce Fire Risk July 21 – July 26

Contact: Mark Keogh, 907-822-7223, mark_keogh@nps.gov COPPER CENTER, Alaska: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve wildland fire staff will burn 40 piles of debris consisting of trees and brush July 21 through July 26. The piles are located at the Kiagna cabin site near McCarthy. Fire staff will ignite the debris piles in the morning and […]

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Alaskans headed south to help with Lower 48 wildfires

July 17, 2014, 3 p.m. (Fairbanks, AK) – Alaskan firefighting crews and personnel are headed Outside as wildland fire potential continues to decrease in much of the state. The Gannett Glacier and White Mountain Type 2 initial attack crews are on their way to north-central Washington. Nearly 100 Division of Forestry overhead personnel, supervisory positions, […]

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Alaska firefighters head to Lower-48

July 17, 2014 2 p.m. Alaska firefighters are down in the Lower-48 to help with fires in the west. The Chena and Midnight Sun IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) are in Idaho on the Whiskey Complex Fire.  There have been 26 smokejumpers departures: 16 to Idaho and 10 to Oregon. Several overhead personnel have departed to various locations. […]

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Lightning ignites new fires in Noatak NP

July 11, 2014 12:30 p.m. KOTZEBUE: Lightning ignited two new fires in Noatak National Preserve. The Noatak River fire is located north of the Noatak River and east of Narvakrak Lake. This fire was estimated at 300 acres burning in brush and tundra and exhibiting two to four foot flame lengths with 100 percent of […]

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Fire activity in AFS Galena Zone

July 11, 2014 8:04 a.m. Two lightning-caused in the Galena Zone: Maiyumerak Creek At 3:39 p.m. on July 10 a NPS ranger pilot reported a 2 acre fire located 50 miles northeast of Noatak along the Noatak River. At 6:17 p.m. the fire was flown by zone surveillance aircraft. Fire behavior was reported as 0 percent active, with […]

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Reconnaissance flight made of the Funny River Fire

July 10, 2014, 11:30 a.m. Alaska Division of Forestry personnel made a reconnaissance flight of the Funny River Fire on Wednesday afternoon, July 9, 2014, and reported seeing no hot spots or smoke. Two observers accompanied the pilot in a helicopter as they flew the perimeter of the 195,858 acre fire that was started on […]

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Two new AFS fires discovered

July 9, 2014 8:53 a.m. Two new fires were discovered in the Alaska Fire Service protection area yesterday. The Jago River Fire is located in the northeast corner of the Upper Yukon Zone on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. Personnel will conduct a surveillance flight today to assess the situation. Another lightning-caused fire was found in […]

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Nine new lightning-caused fires in Galena

July 8, 2014 10:53 a.m. The Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone saw a big increase in fire activity as a result of 3,890 lightning strikes on July 7. the Galena Zone is located on the western part of the state. The fires are: Kawichiark River, the 2 acre fire was approximately 10 acres in size, 50 percent active […]

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Pioneer Peak Hotshots lending a hand to Canadian neighbors

July 7, 2014, 3p.m. (Fairbanks, AK) – The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, an Alaska Division of Forestry crew based in Palmer, has mobilized to the Northwest Territories of Canada. The crew left last Friday and reported to Kakisa, Northwest Territories, where they mopped up and reinforced lines around the village that had been evacuated […]

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