Wildfire near Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is fully contained

A 56-acre wildfire started by lightning on Sunday night near the Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is now 100 percent contained. Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to the Kahiltna Fire Sunday night after it was reported by local pilots. The fire was located about 80 miles northwest […]

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BLM AFS smokejumpers working on two Interior fires

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on a pair of fires that are burning in Interior Alaska including a fire that originated in Canada. Smokejumpers are providing point protection for a Native allotment from the Campbell River Fire (#268) that entered into the U.S. yesterday. The fire started in Canada, but fire management officials […]

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East Fork Fire Transitions to a Type 4 Incident Commander

This will be the final update for the East Fork Fire unless significant activity occurs. Transition to a Type 4 Incident Commander took place this morning at 7am. The last of the smokejumpers and overhead are being shuttled out of the field today. The Pioneer Peak Hotshots will remain in the field to monitor the […]

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Firefighters respond to wildfire northwest of Wasilla near Kahiltna River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked late into the night to control a wildfire reported 80 miles northwest of Wasilla on Sunday. The 56-acre Kahiltna Fire was reported at around 6 p.m. Sunday by local pilots flying over the area. The fire was located in a modified protection […]

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East Fork Fire Community Open House Tonight

An open house will be held tonight at the Sterling Elementary School from 5-7pm. Stop by this evening to talk with East Fork Fire personnel as well as local officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska Division of Forestry, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Office of Emergency Management, Central Emergency Services and the Alaska […]

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East Fork Fire TFR Encroachments Becoming a Concern

There have been numerous aircraft busting the temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. The TFR is in place to provide for the safety of fire-related aircraft operations. Pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. The most up to date TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The return of […]

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Warmer and Drier Conditions Return to the East Fork Fire

The recent cool and damp weather conditions moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Warm and dry weather has returned to the Peninsula and is predicted to continue through the weekend. The change in weather will likely cause an increase in fire activity and smoke production. The […]

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East Fork Fire to Begin Demobilizing

Current cool and damp weather conditions continue to moderate fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Due to the moderating fire activity, fire managers are beginning the demobilization process and expect to start releasing crews over the weekend. The lightning-caused fire remains approximately 1,016 acres with 145 personnel […]

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Smokejumpers and state forestry firefighters contain wildfire south of Tok

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked together late Thursday night to contain a 35-acre wildfire along the Alaska Highway about 60 miles south of Tok. Smoke from the lightning-caused Gardiner Creek Fire was reported by passing motorists near Milepost 1248 on the Alaska Highway at 5:45 p.m. The […]

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BLM AFS firefighters mopping up two Interior Alaska fires

BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters are mopping up two wildfires burning near the Canadian border. The Tchulkade Lake Fire (#254) was one of only two new starts in Alaska Wednesday. It is burning 22 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik and 65 miles west of the border. It was discovered at about 3:20 p.m. during a wildfire […]

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