Southwest Alaska Area Fire Update – July 23

Southwest Alaska Area firefighters are taking action to protect several Native Alaskan Allotments threatened by area fires. Allotments are parcels of land up to 160 acres in size, designated for fire protection. Sixty-one fires are active across the area, and recent warmer weather has increased fire activity on several incidents. Smoke and limited visibility is […]

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Nearly 60 firefighters attacking wildfire on Teklanika River southwest of Fairbanks

The Fairbanks Area Forestry office mobilized approximately 40 additional firefighters on Tuesday to assist in attacking a wildfire burning along the Teklanika River southwest of Fairbanks. The Teklanika Fire (#651) is located on the east bank of the Teklanika River approximately 70 miles southwest of Fairbanks and 12 miles west of the Parks Highway near […]

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Smoke over forest fire.

Aerial firing started in the Cornucopia Complex

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Operations Section Chief Russ Long says aerial firing was started and then postponed earlier today on the west side of the Hadweenzic River Fire (#337), but began again about 5:00 pm as weather conditions cooperated. The burnout is intended to remove fuel between the main fire and a bible […]

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This picture shows a piece of containment on the northwest section of the Rainbow 2 Fire closest to cabins along Clear Creek. While other parts of the fire were active on Monday, this section of line remained dormant. Photo by Gabe Pease-Madore/Alaska Division of Forestry

Control line on Rainbow 2 Fire closest to Richardson Clearwater cabins still holding

Despite increased burning on parts of the Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction on Monday, containment lines on the north end of the fire protecting cabins in the Richardson Clearwater community continued to hold. Hotter, drier weather accompanied by gusty winds on Monday sparked new fire activity in unburned areas on the north and […]

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All Evacuation Notices Lifted for Shovel Creek Fire Area

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has lifted the Level 1 (Ready) evacuation notices for MARTIN, PERFECT PERCH, and MCCLOUD Subdivisions. There are NO evacuation notices in place for the Shovel Creek Fire area at this time. Call (907-347-6801) if you have any questions. Current Statistics: Size: 21,309 acres      Containment: 54%       Personnel: 384    Start Date: June […]

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Smoke outlook for 7/23 – 7/24: unhealthy air in some areas as smoke returns across Alaska

Heavier smoke returns to the Upper Yukon Valley and will primarily be moving south and west today, both from the large complex fires, as well as from the fires closer to Fairbanks and Denali. Some local areas will experience unhealthy conditions, especially in the mornings, including including Rampart, Fort Yukon, and parts of Denali National […]

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Tanana Zone fires see little growth; crews make progress on lines

Crews working across the Tanana Zone are making steady progress to secure fire lines. Allotment and structure protection remains a primary objective for fire managers and crews on the ground.  Boney Creek Fire (#619) – 45 acres, 36 personnel, started on July 18 Crews have  put in saw line and hose lays around the entire […]

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Photo of Alaska smokejumpers from left to right, Brandon Kobayashi, Russell Kennedy, Kristopher Dudley conducting a burn operation in the marsh below Jim Magdanz and Susan Georgette's cabin on the Mauneluk River Wednesday on July 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Jim Magdanz

Galena Zone: Firefighters prepare for firing operations on fire east of Kobuk

Firefighters built fuelbreaks with hose lays around structures and native allotments in preparation for  burning operations on the Mauneluk River Fire (#535). With fireline securing the north and south sides, the burnout is planned to hold the fire in place. The lighting-caused fire started on July 12 has spread across 8,297 acres on the west […]

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Structures Protected on Chetaslina Fire; Rain on the Way

COPPER CENTER, AK – Point protection operations on the Tenas Jack, Kuntson and Copper/Cheschina cabins and at Dadina Lake near the Chetaslina Fire (#606) are complete. Firefighters returned to the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry helibase after plumbing the structures, setting up the hose lays and sprinkler systems at each of the locations. They […]

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Swan Lake Fire Operations Update July 23, 2019

Rain Forecast at Swan Lake Fire

PUBLIC MEETING THURSDAY, 6 PM COOPER LANDING SCHOOL – 19030 BEAN CREEK ROAD Daily Update for July 23 YESTERDAY: Moderate growth and fire activity was observed in the Thurman and Mystery Creek drainages. Occasional tree torching was seen in areas that received no precipitation. The 200 acres increase in growth was due to the fire […]

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