Archive | May, 2015

Wildland fire roundup for Sunday, May 31st

11:30 a.m. – Six new fires were reported Saturday, with the largest being a 30-acre human-caused fire burning southeast of Delta Junction. Helitack, engines, air attack, retardant tankers, and the White Mountain Fire Crew responded to the Cummings Road Fire. Retardant was used to create a line around much of the fire, with a dozer […]

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Wildland Fire roundup for Saturday, May 30th

11:30 a.m. – The military reported a fire off of the Oklahoma Impact Area 25 miles west of Delta Junction Friday evening. Smokejumpers along with air attack, tankers and scooper planes responded to suppress the 20-acre fire. The Alaska Fire Service is working closely with the Department of Defense to prevent the fire, burning in […]

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Fire Danger Moderated at Yukon-Charley Rivers Preserve: Fire Restrictions Lifted

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Effective immediately, due to expected moisture and cold temperatures that has significantly moderated fire danger, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is lifting the fire restriction. While campfires are now allowed in the preserve, wind and dry weather can quickly dry vegetation and increase fire danger. Visitors are reminded to be careful with any […]

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High fire danger in Southcentral prompts warnings from Anchorage Fire Department, state forestry

May 29, 2:20 p.m. — Due to the return of hot and dry conditions, Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) officials have issued a warning to the public to be especially careful with fire. AFD Officials warn that the use of outdoor fires (burn pits and campfires) outside of developed campgrounds has been prohibited until further notice. […]

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Wildland Fire Roundup for Friday, May 29th

12:00 p.m. — A change in the weather will help moderate fire danger in the Interior over the next few days, while southern areas of the state will see warmer temperatures, lower humidity, and an increase in fire potential Several small fires were reported yesterday in areas where the Alaska Division of Forestry provides fire […]

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State forestry still monitoring coal seam fires near Healy

The Alaska Division of Forestry is continuing to monitor nine coal seam fires east of Healy that have been detected in the past two weeks. The fires range in size from one-tenth of an acre to 643 acres and have burned a total of 795.7 acres since the first fire, the 108-acre French Gulch Fire, […]

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Wildland fire roundup for Thursday, May 28th

The BLM Alaska Smokejumpers and the Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot Crew successfully completed the first part of their burnout operation on the Seventy Mile Fire 10 miles northwest of Eagle. The burnout is planned to be completed today, weather permitting. The operation will remove fuels from the southern flank of the 1,400-acre fire to prevent […]

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Wildland Fire Roundup – Wednesday, May 27th

12:00 p.m. — Weather systems have been moving across Alaska bringing cooler temperatures with scattered showers and higher levels of relative humidity. Despite this, fire danger still remains high for many parts of the state. Of the 31 active fires across the state, three are staffed. The largest is the 1,077-acre Seventy Mile Fire burning […]

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Firefighters douse wildfire in North Pole with quick response

State forestry firefighters acted quickly Tuesday to douse a wildfire on Hollowell Road in North Pole. The fire was reported at 12:34 p.m. when an Alaska Fire Service plane spotted smoke in the area of Hollowell Road off Plack Road. There were structures in the area but none were immediately threatened by the fire. The […]

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Lightning Strike Ignites Trout Fire on Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

EAGLE: On May 24, a lightning strike started a wildfire on the Yukon-Charley River National Preserve, East of Trout Creek and South of the Yukon River. The fire is torching individual spruce trees and burning downhill in the tundra. As of May 26, the fire is estimated to be 250 acres and is threatening a […]

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