Alaska wildland fire update

April 27, 2015 8:14 a.m. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) reports 50 fires have burned nearly 479.7 acres statewide this year. Refer to the AICC Situation Report for additional information: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf. Fire-related news releases are posted at http://akfireinfo.com/information/media-releases/.

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High fire Danger in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Fire Advisory: Dry Conditions in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Port Alsworth, Alaska – Visitors and residents are reminded that elevated fire danger exists due to cured and dead vegetation in portions of the Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake region. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and […]

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Exposed grass means fire season is here

The snow pack around the Interior is quickly melting away, leaving dry grass exposed that is susceptible to fire. This small grass fire off the Old Steese Highway near Chena Hot Springs Road on Tuesday was caused by a spark/ember that traveled approximately 30 feet from the spot a Department of Transportation crew was cutting […]

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Two-fer Tools day from Alaska Fire Science Consortium

Check out new documents from AFSC:  there’s a freshly updated Quick Reference Guide to Alaska fire web products and web tools.  That’s everything you want to know about fire, smoke, fire effects, fire modeling, you name it–in one handy guide!  This’ll save you so much googling.  But wait:  there’s more!  A new 1-page Research Brief […]

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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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