Shovel Creek Community Meeting Recap: Contain, Mop-up and Repair

If you prefer to watch the community meeting on YouTube, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq3bIltxix4 Live – Shovel Creek Fire community meeting at the Ken Kunkel Community Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The second half of the meeting is all question and answer from the members of the community. #ShovelCreekFire Shovel Creek Fire InformationFire Information: 907-347-6801Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.govShovel Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/Web: www.akfireinfo.comYouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M Video […]

Continue reading

Southwest Area Gets Two New Fires, Seven Staffed

The Alaska Division of Forestry mobilized helitak crews to two new fires Wednesday, for a total of seven staffed fires and 67 active fires in the Southwest Area. Daily aerial detection flights are being flown to find new fires and re-map existing fires to update their status and size. One heavy air tanker, three fixed-wing […]

Continue reading

Firefighters battle Rainbow 2 Fire on northeast and northwest

(Fairbanks, AK) – Firefighters are working in two divisions to prevent the Rainbow 2 Fire from reaching recreational cabins on Clear Creek northwest of Delta Junction. On the northeast side of the fire, Division Alpha continues to extinguish any spot fires found along the ridge separating the fire from cabins know as the ‘Richardson Clearwater […]

Continue reading

Smoke Outlook for 7/18 – 7/19: Smoke moving back into Southcentral communities

As activity at the Swan Lake Fire picks up, wind patterns are once again expected to push smoke into Cooper Landing and Sterling communities, typically during morning and evening times. Forecasters are calling for higher temps to begin making its way into Southcentral, with fire behavior and associated smoke levels also increasing relative to the […]

Continue reading

Nugget Creek Fire update July 18 – Rough estimate puts fire at 19,000 acres

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) experienced gusty and erratic winds over the fire area yesterday afternoon (July 16) along with isolated thunder cells. The fire is approximately 19,000 acres based on a rough aerial estimate, with growth occurring mainly on the south and east flank, away from Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road. Pockets […]

Continue reading

Chalkyitsik Fuels Build-up Index hits record high

Rainfall across Alaska continues to avoid the Upper Yukon zone, with conditions at extreme levels predicted to drive fire activity across the Yukon flats.The Buildup Index (BUI) is the best indicator of seasonal severity and overall flammability in the boreal forest here in Alaska, representing deeper drying in the duff layers and greater fuel availability. […]

Continue reading

Shovel Creek Fire July 18th: Briefing Highlights from the Front Row

 If you prefer you can watch this video on  YouTube. To watch fireline and aerial footage of the fire subscribe to our YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M Size: 21,298 acres      Containment: 45%       Personnel: 532       Start Date: June 21, 2019       Cause: Lightning Alaska governor Mike Dunleavy received an operational briefing on the Shovel Creek Fire yesterday while visiting with firefighters […]

Continue reading

Fewer fires staffed in Tanana Zone

Firefighters were demobilized from two fires in the Tanana Zone on Wednesday as fire activity diminished slightly. Regionally, however, thunderstorms continued through the night in the Alaska Range, the eastern Yukon Flats, and part of the Brooks Range. Isolated thunderstorms are forecast for the eastern interior. A cold front is moving through tonight and some […]

Continue reading
Firefighters add protection wrapping around the historic Harry Johnson cabin on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Swan Lake Fire Activity Expected to Increase as Weather Warms

Firefighters completed protection efforts at the historic Harry Johnson cabin located north of the fire perimeter.

Continue reading

Firefighters enhance fuel break along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/18/19

Aerial footage of the two hot spots across the Elliott Highway A type 3 team from Wyoming will begin arriving in Fairbanks over the next few days to replace the Southern Idaho team, which finishes their 14-day assignment on Saturday. The Wyoming team will attend an orientation with the Alaska Fire Service today and begin […]

Continue reading