BLM AFS Smokejumpers log first fire jump of year

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers had their first fire jump of the year Wednesday to help contain a fire on military lands outside Delta Junction. When Delta Training Area Range Control reported the fire just after 5 p.m., it was reported as 10-15 acres and was burning in black spruce in the Battle Area Complex […]

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Dry conditions in Southcentral Alaska spark wildfires

A spate of wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska on Thursday is proof that wildland fire season has arrived in Alaska, even though much of the northern half of the state remains covered in snow. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office in Palmer responded to six small wildfires on Thursday – five in the […]

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1,900-acre tundra fire continues to burn in Northwest Alaska despite cold and snow

April 20, 2017 – Even with cool temperatures and snow lingering in many parts of the state, an estimated 1,900-acre fire continues to burn in an exposed patch of tundra in the Selawik National Refuge in the Northwest Arctic this week. The tundra fire was spotted by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel from the Galena Zone […]

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Map of areas where Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA), located approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Prescribed burning will occur in multiple areas of the DTA for as long as two weeks. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas during the prescribed fire period until declared out by fire management personnel.

BLM AFS, U.S. Army Alaska to Conduct Prescribed Burn near Delta Junction

Starting as early as Saturday and as weather and conditions allow, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA), located approximately five miles south of Delta Junction. Prescribed burning will occur in multiple areas of the DTA for as long as two weeks. […]

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Delta Junction State Bison Range

The prescribed burns planned for the Delta Junction State Bison Range are expected to begin on Saturday, April 22. Weather and wind conditions will be monitored, along with the moisture in the grass fields. Two weather stations at the respective field complexes help managers determine when to ignite the fields. Also, through close coordination with […]

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New burn permits required starting April 1

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Burn permits are required annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn […]

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BLM-Alaska Fire Service Information Technology Specialist Calvin Moses served as an Incident Technology Support Specialist for the McHugh Fire near Anchorage on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Photo by Sam Harrel/Alaska Division of Forestry

From Boots to Keyboard

Alaska Native trades a wildland firefighting career for technology in support of fires Among the group of wildland firefighters that converged on the small Interior Alaska community of Allakaket in June to manage efforts on a cluster of fires burning in the area was one of the village’s own. When Calvin Moses, an information technology […]

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Instructor Ben Ferguson, on left, helps Alaska Job Corps student Esai Montes as he and fellow student Ying Yang learn to sharpen pulaskis during a basic wildland firefighting class on Feb. 8, 2017

BLM Alaska Fire Service offers basic wildland firefighting training to Job Corps students

(March 8, 2017) PALMER – Alaska Job Corps students got a taste of working on wildfires at a week-long basic wildland firefighting training class offered in the middle of the winter by the BLM Alaska Fire Service. The training, which is commonly referred to as a red card class, gave 41 Job Corps students the […]

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Debris pile disposal prescribed burn on military lands near Delta Junction on March 11-31, 2017 with map of area and file photo of burn pile.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army Alaska to Burn Debris Piles on Military Lands near Delta Junction

March 7, 2017 FAIRBANKS – The U. S. Army Alaska, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will burn piles of woody debris created in 2013 in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) on the west side of the Delta River approximately five miles southwest of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start […]

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Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service specialist Matt Kilgriff shoots a stream of flaming gel from the Terra Torch to burn piles of brush and trees as part of a prescribed burn project in U.S. Army Alaska’s Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely Nov. 4, 2016. The piles were created by U.S. Army Alaska hand crews working to remove dead and decaying vegetation and black spruce in an effort to reduce the chances of a wildfire on military lands.

Army, BLM Alaska Fire Service fight fire danger with fire

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – A report released Dec. 15 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly – 34 to 60 percent – due to human-caused climate change. According to the Alaska […]

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