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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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Where you go to help you know; wildland fire mobile apps cheat sheet

Wildland Mobile Technology Cheat Sheet July 28, 2016  – These days, a world of information is at our fingertips. Here’s a list of mobile applications widely used within the fire and aviation management community. The cheat sheet, provided through the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, is based off of feedback and field information from pilots […]

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Mayor Ethan Berkowitz Thanks the Firefighters and First Responders

Watch live coverage of the open house community meeting held at the Goldenview Middle School on July 27th, 2016 at 7 p.m. At the time of the meeting, the McHugh Fire located south of Anchorage, Alaska, was 778 acres with 35% containment and 65% confinement. A total of 141 firefighting resources were assigned to the fire. […]

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