Archive | April, 2015

Dry Conditions in Katmai National Park and Preserve Elevates Fire Danger

KING SALMON, Alaska – Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alagnak Wild River, and Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve – Visitors and residents are reminded that as dead vegetation becomes exposed and begins to cure due to dry windy days, elevated fire danger conditions will quickly develop. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new […]

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Fire danger is high in Southwest Alaska

State wildfire managers are urging residents in Southwest Alaska to be vigilant due to early-season high fire danger in the region. The lack of snow over the winter and early melt off this spring has exposed dead and dry vegetation, specifically grass, which is highly flammable and prone to ignition. That fact was highlighted two […]

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Moving the firefighter train

April 28, 2015 10:21 a.m. A U.S. Navy Admiral is known to have said, “I don’t know what the hell this ‘logistics’ is that Marshall is always talking about, but I want some of it.” That quote probably still holds for the military but you may not know that it also holds for others, including firefighters…especially firefighters in […]

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High fire Danger in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Fire Advisory: Dry Conditions in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Port Alsworth, Alaska – Visitors and residents are reminded that elevated fire danger exists due to cured and dead vegetation in portions of the Lake Clark and Iliamna Lake region. These conditions mean that given an ignition source, new fires may readily start and […]

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Exposed grass means fire season is here

The snow pack around the Interior is quickly melting away, leaving dry grass exposed that is susceptible to fire. This small grass fire off the Old Steese Highway near Chena Hot Springs Road on Tuesday was caused by a spark/ember that traveled approximately 30 feet from the spot a Department of Transportation crew was cutting […]

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Two-fer Tools day from Alaska Fire Science Consortium

Check out new documents from AFSC:  there’s a freshly updated Quick Reference Guide to Alaska fire web products and web tools.  That’s everything you want to know about fire, smoke, fire effects, fire modeling, you name it–in one handy guide!  This’ll save you so much googling.  But wait:  there’s more!  A new 1-page Research Brief […]

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Chugach National Forest to Burn Debris Piles Near Portage

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2015 Contact: Tim Charnon, (907) 242-8628 Chugach National Forest wildland fire management staff plan to burn piles of woody debris on forest lands in the Portage area beginning the week of April 13 through May 1, weather conditions permitting. The project area is north of Milepost 78 along the Seward […]

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Wildland fire prevention and preparedness week…

April 11, 2015 9:13 a.m. …Starts today! Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed a proclamation declaring April 11-17 as Alaska Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week. The Alaska wildland fire season is fast approaching. Yes, I know it’s snowing today: current weather forecasts suggest that the warm weather experienced during the winter months is likely to continue […]

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ADF&G and State Forestry plan prescribed burn for moose habitat

Working collaboratively with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry, ADF&G plans to conduct a prescribed fire this May in the Little Granite Creek area near Sutton at mile 64 of the Glenn Highway. Burning mature aspen trees in 314 acres of the Matanuska Valley State Moose Range will encourage regeneration, providing moose […]

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Videos on sprinklers, landscape fire risk, and fire spread modeling from April workshop available!

Alaska Fire Science Consortium just posted videos of some keynote presentations of fire management topics from the April 2015 Fire Science Workshop and Fire Management Officer’s meeting.  Devon Barnes, University of Alberta, discusses sprinkler array effectiveness and some deployment pointers; Robert Ziel, Alaska DOF Fire Behavior Specialist, discusses assessing community wildfire risk using landscape models, […]

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