Two new fires keep firefighters busy in Copper River Basin Thursday

A Division of Forestry heliattack crew, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes rushed to aggressively attack a wildfire burning 17 miles east of Lake Louise Thursday evening. It was the second fire of the day for Copper River Area Forestry. A private aircraft reported the fire to the Tok […]

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Members of the BLM Alaska Fire Service's training crew, the North Star Fire Crew, hand two sack lunches to each firefighter boarding a jet bound for Missoula, Montana on Aug. 11, 2017. Photo by Beth Ipsen//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Jet load of crews head south to help with busy fire season

A mixture of young and veteran Alaska firefighters left BLM Alaska Fire Service facilities at Fort Wainwright Friday morning to help with the busy fire season in the Lower 48. Three emergency firefighter crews from Upper Kalskag, Selawik and Noorvik plus the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew were handed two sack lunches and boarded […]

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Fireworks start wildfire near Gakona

Firefighters scrambled early Thursday morning to put out a wildfire burning near the Copper River that was ignited by fireworks. The .5 Tok Cut-off Fire (#389) started below a bluff overlooking the Copper River. Fireworks aren’t prohibited in the area despite a burn suspension in place for open debris piles and burn barrels. The Copper River Area […]

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A BLM Alaska Fire Service dumped eight buckets full of water on the Middle Nenana River Fire (#388) Tuesday night to help contain the fire burning a mile west of Nenana. Photo courtesy Brian Charlie.

DOF firefighters contain fire near Nenana after locals use bucket brigade to douse flames

Local residents formed a bucket brigade to knock down a wildfire they found burning next to the Middle Tanana River near Nenana yesterday. Five residents, including a couple of men with past wildland firefighting experience, worked on the fire until an BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) helicopter and Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) firefighters […]

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Crews continue to seek out hot spots on Chistochina River Fire

Crews continue mopping up the Chistochina River Fire (#381). They secured at least 50 feet in from the fire’s perimeter yesterday. The goal is to ensure the entire 98 acre fire is mopped up and all hot spots are extinguished. This should be enough work to keep the remaining crews busy until early next week. […]

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Chistochina River Fire 100% contained

As of Monday night, the Chistochina River Fire (#381) is 100 percent contained. Crews continue mopping up the fire that burned near Mile 36.5 Tok Cutoff since Friday. There has been no increase in acreage since firefighters and water-scooping aircraft caught the fire at 98 acres on Friday. Since then, crews have worked feverishly to […]

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Chistochina River Fire Considered 75% Contained

The Chistochina River Fire was estimated to be 75 percent contained today as crews continue to work on putting in saw line and hoselays around the 98-acre fire near mile 36.5 mile of the Tok Cutoff. Fire officials expect to have the fire fully contained within the next day. The area received light precipitation yesterday, […]

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Firefighters continue to put in containment line around the Chistochina River Fire (#381) burning near 36.5 Tok Cutoff. Photo by Zack Horner//Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters work on Chistochina River Fire containment line

Activity was relatively quiet on the Chistochina River Fire (#381) today as firefighters continue to work on getting a containment line around the entire 98-acre fire burning near mile 36.5 Tok Cutoff. There are a total of 44 people working on the fire. Three Type 2 crews – the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew […]

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Firefighters, scoopers continue work on Chistochina Fire

Firefighters and water-scoopers jumped into action Saturday morning to catch spot fires from the Chistochina River Fire (#381). On Friday, firefighters on the ground and the four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes stopped the fire 75-100 yards from nearby homes and the highway. Today, Fire Boss aircraft dropped water from the air while firefighters used hose […]

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Firefighters working on fire near Chistochina

Efforts are underway on the ground and in the air to contain a fire burning off of mile 36.5 Tok Cutoff near Chistochina. The Chistochina River Fire (#381) was reported by someone in the area at about 3 p.m. It was reported to be one acre and burning about an eighth of a mile from […]

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