Swan Lake Fire transitions to Type 2 incident management team; crews continue prep work

Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was moderated by the cloud cover n Monday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. The fire area remains at an estimated 12,782 acres according to […]

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Firefighters finish work on three wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters have wrapped up work on three lightning-caused wildfires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area around Bethel, Dillingham and McGrath.. The White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew is scheduled to be demobilized from the Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) on Tuesday after spending the past two days gridding the 24-acre fire […]

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State forestry still monitoring small wildfire near Steese Highway north of Fairbanks

A small wildfire burning north of Fairbanks near milepost 62 of the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks has grown slightly and continues to attract attention from passing motorists but has not prompted any action by the Alaska Division of Forestry. Following a reconnaissance flight on Monday, the Cripple Creek Fire (#201) was estimated at 40 […]

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Firefighters continue aggressive assault on Caribou Creek Fire east of Fairbanks

Firefighters on the ground and in the air continued to attack a wildfire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks on Monday. The Caribou Creek Fire is burning about 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near Mile 18. The fire was mapped at 383 acres by firefighters on Monday, a decrease of […]

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Photo of 32,500-acre North River Fire burning 28 miles northeast of Koyuk.

Smoke from 32,500-acre fire near Koyuk blankets Norton Sound area

Norton Sound communities are experiencing smoke drifting from the North River Fire (#218) burning about 28 miles northeast of Koyuk. The fire is burning through tundra interspersed with patches of black spruce. It grew to an estimated 32,500 acres in the past couple of days. BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Management Zone personnel are periodically […]

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Smoke from Caribou Creek Fire blows into Fairbanks; more resources enroute to fire

Fairbanks area residents awoke to the smell of smoke Monday morning as a result of a wildfire burning 25 miles to the east of town. The Caribou Creek Fire (#255) is burning about 7 ½ miles north of Mile 18 Chena Hot Springs Road. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the fire was estimated at 500 […]

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Reconnaissance Flight Confirms Work on Swan Lake Fire

As expected, the cloudy day yesterday allowed firefighters on the 12,782-acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further strengthened and widened as crews strategically tied work with the existing pipeline right-of-way clearing.   The local Yukon Fire crew has joined the three other crews in this […]

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Photo of The Caribou Creek Fire (#255) burning along a valley about 7-1/2 miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road.

Numerous firefighters, aircraft work on 500-acre fire north of Two Rivers

Numerous firefighters and aircraft continue to work late Sunday evening after winds subsided and calmed a fire burning north of Two Rivers. Erratic wind pushed the Caribou Creek Fire (#255) through continuous black spruce until it was an estimated 500 acres by 11 p.m. Sunday. The fire is burning on the north side of the […]

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Cooler, wetter conditions produce minimal growth on Swan Lake Fire

Firefighters benefitted from cooler, wetter weather on Saturday where the Swan Lake Fire is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The moderating weather resulted in minimal fire growth, with the latest size estimate of 12,782 acres, an increase of only about 200 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Crews made progress improving […]

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Photo of a Fire Boss airplane dropping water in front of the Kuyukutuk River Fire (#224) on June 14, 2019.

BLM AFS continues work on three fires in Western Alaska

Of the 21 active fires burning in BLM Alaska Fire Service protection area that covers most of the northern half of the state, the only three staff are in the Galena Fire Management Zone. As of today, 63 fires have burned 54,590 acres in BLM AFS protection area – most of which were consumed in […]

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