Alaskans head to southeastern U.S. to help battle wildfires

Fairbanks – Nov. 7, 2016 – 4:15 p.m. -Alaska’s state and federal wildfire suppression agencies are deploying personnel to the Lower 48 to help battle wildfires in the drought-stricken southeastern U.S. In the last two weeks, more than a dozen personnel from state and federal agencies in Alaska have been sent to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, […]

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Where is all the snow?

To say October in Alaska was dry is an understatement. Locations in Southwest, South Central, and the western Interior observed less than half of normal precipitation; but most of the central and eastern Interior, as well as the Panhandle, recorded only a couple hundredths of an inch at most. This means eastern Alaska is starting out […]

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BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army To Burn Debris Piles Near Delta Junction

Oct. 28, 2016 – Starting as early as Nov. 3, the BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will be burning piles of woody debris created this summer during hazardous fuels reduction projects in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) and Gerstle River Training Area (GRTA) south of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start as […]

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Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is 100 percent contained

Friday, Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway is now 100 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters toured the fire perimeter on Friday morning and declared the 303-acre fire fully contained, according to Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh. […]

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The latest perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer, as of 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Rain and snow help push containment up to 83 percent on Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer

Friday, Oct. 21 – 10:25 a.m. – With a little help from Mother Nature, firefighters on Thursday continued to gain ground on a wildfire smoldering along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 303-acre Moose Creek Fire is now 83 percent contained, according to a perimeter map released by the Alaska Division of Forestry on […]

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The latest perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer as of 9 a.m. Thursday. Containment is now estimated at 70 percent. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer now 70 percent contained

Thursday, Oct. 20 – 10:40 a.m. – Containment on the Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is now at 70 percent and fire managers are optimistic full containment on the late-season wildfire will be achieved before the end of the weekend. “If (the weather) stays the way it is right now we’re hoping for full […]

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The latest perimeter map for the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire approximately 12 miles north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitina Borough

Containment for Moose Creek Fire increases to 51 percent

Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 8:10 p.m. – Firefighters on Wednesday continued to take advantage of diminishing winds to get a better handle on a late-season wildfire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. Containment on the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire burning about 12 miles north of Palmer increased to 51 percent on Wednesday, an increase of […]

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A perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer, as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. The fire acreage decreased by 25 acres due to more accurate mapping. Containment is now listed at 46 percent. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Moose Creek Fire now 46 percent contained; managers hope for full containment by weekend

Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Noon – A wildfire burning along the Glenn Highway  north of Palmer is now 46 percent contained and fire managers are hoping to have the fire fully contained by the end of the weekend. The Moose Creek Fire, burning 12 miles north of Palmer and 5 miles south of Sutton, is […]

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A firefighter on a four-wheeler drives down a trail while patrolling the Moose Creek Fire on Sunday, Oct. 16. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

State Forestry fire managers hope drop in winds will boost firefighters’ efforts on wildfire north of Palmer

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – 10:45 a.m. – Alaska Division of Forestry fire managers are hoping a decrease in winds will help firefighters increase containment on a 300-plus acre wildfire burning north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. After three days of battling strong winds that have fanned the flames of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire, firefighters […]

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A perimeter map of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer as of 7 p.m. Monday. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitina Borough

Winds offer no respite for firefighters battling wildfires in Matanuska Valley

Monday, Oct. 17 – 7:15 p.m. – Windy weather made for another busy day for wildland firefighters in the Matanuska Valley. In addition to continuing their battle with a stubborn, late-season wildfire north of Palmer, Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters had to contend with three different wildfires caused by high winds blowing trees onto power lines. […]

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