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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White Mountain Type 2 IA crew is now hiring

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s White Mountain Type 2 initial attack fire crew based in Fairbanks is now hiring for entry level firefighters ($15.60/hr), squad bosses ($17.56/hr) and a crew boss ($19.85/hr) for the 2015 wildfire season. Entry-level firefighters (Tech 1s) and squad bosses (Tech 2s) must be Alaska residents but the crew boss can […]

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The AFS North Star Fire Crew is recruiting for 2015

March 10, 2015 2 p.m. The BLM Alaska Fire Service North Star Fire Crew is recruiting interested individuals for the 2015 fire season which runs from May through August. The North Star Fire Crew is designed to provide an experienced pool of potential recruits for the Alaska Fire Service Interagency Hotshot Crews (IHC); provide entry level […]

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After ’13 Lake Clark NP Current Creek Fire, A Different Forest Emerges

After Fire a Different Forest During the dry summer of 2013, lightning ignited the Currant Creek fire 15 miles northeast of Port Alsworth in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. One year later, Alaska National Park Service regional wildland fire ecologists and crew visited the 1,900-acre burned area to determine the fire effects on vegetation and soils.  The crew […]

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Denali NP to Burn Debris in Entrance Area, March 2015

Fire Management staff at Denali National Park and Preserve are planning to burn debris consisting of trees and brush between Monday, March 9 and Friday, March 27, weather conditions permitting. The single pile is located east of the park airstrip and west of the northernmost loop of the Riley Creek Campground. The National Park Service […]

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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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