Smokejumpers respond to fire near Koyuk

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 –  BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers are responding to a fire burning in tundra about two miles east of Koyuk. The fire was reported by villagers at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. Agency personnel flew over the fire and reported the fire as about 10 acres in size, 15 percent active and burning with […]

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Emergency firefighter crews from Chevak, Hooper Bay, Huslia and Kaltag line up to board a jet that will take them to the Lower 48 to work on wildland fires. Photo by Darla Theisen/Alaska Division of Forestry

Village crews help on Lower 48 fires

Sept. 2, 2016 – Five 20-person rural Alaska Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews headed south late last week to help work on a handful of wildland fires burning in the Lower 48. Two crews from Chevak and one each from Hooper Bay, Kaltag and Huslia first landed in California near where the Alaska Interagency Management Team […]

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Hunters advised to be careful with fire during hunting season

With hunting season underway, the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service ask hunters to use caution with anything that could cause a wildfire. While abundant rainfall, shorter daylight hours and cooler temperatures have decreased fire danger across most of the state, all it will take is a few hot, dry days to […]

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Crews head south for Lower 48 fires

Click on photos to see image. Aug. 3, 2016 – Five 20-person Alaska firefighting crews boarded a jet Wednesday afternoon to join firefighting efforts in the Lower 48. The Division of Forestry Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Gannett Glacier and White Mountain crews, the Chugachmiut contract Type 2 IA Yukon crew and the two Type 2 training crews, the University of Alaska […]

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Smoke hampers visibility on Richardson Highway south of Glennallen

2 p.m., Aug. 3, 2016 – Smoke from the two fires burning along the Tiekel River is impacting visibility between mileposts 40-50 of the Richardson Highway. The fires are not showing any significant activity, but have been receiving rain which increases the amount of smoke they are producing. That smoke is drifting west along the […]

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Personnel Reduced, Continued Monitoring on Steamboat Creek Fire

Copper Center, AK: The fire acreage is still unchanged at 19,719 acres. Fire personnel flew the fire perimeter and observed that several smoldering areas still exist, but are not approaching areas of concern near the Chitina River. It is smoldering in an area along the confluence and to the northwest of the Chakina & Klu […]

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Update for Seward Highway pull-offs

Motorists should continue to use caution when driving the Seward Highway through the fire area. The 35mph speed limit has been reduced through the affected fire area but has been shortened to 1/4 mile north of McHugh Creek to  1/4 mile south of Beluga Point. pull offs outside that area are now open. Falling rocks […]

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Steamboat Creek Fire Smolders, Historic Cabin Cleared

Copper Center, AK: Small amounts of rain have kept fire acreage unchanged at 19,719 acres. On Thursday, July 28th, fire managers landed at the historic Monohan Cabin to cut brush and fuels to reach a “Firewise” standard. The “Firewise” program encourages steps to prepare ahead of a wildland fire and reduce the amount of fuel […]

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Watch Alaska Fire Specialist Explain the McHugh Fire Structure Protection Plan

Alaska Fire Service Fire Specialist Travis Howell narrates the structure protection strategy and plan for the seventeen structures in the Rainbow Subdivision. The 778-acre McHugh fire began July 16, 2016, in Chugach State Park, just south of Anchorage and reached 100% containment on July 24 with zero structures lost. Fire investigators have determined that an escaped […]

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McHugh Fire update for July 29, 2016

The 778-acre McHugh fire began July 16, 2016, in Chugach State Park, just south of Anchorage and reached 100% containment on July 24. Fire investigators have determined that an escaped campfire is responsible for the blaze that threatened near-by subdivisions and has closed popular trails in the State Park. A smaller contingent of Alaska Division […]

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