Archive | May, 2016

Medfra Fire now estimated at 2,000 acres but likely much larger

A wildfire burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska has grown to at least 2,000 acres and fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry are still trying to get a firm handle on the size of the fire. A wind shift late Monday afternoon slowed the spread of the Medfra Fire burning approximately […]

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Medfra Fire grows to 1,650 acres; expected to merge with second fire today

A wind-driven wildfire in a remote part of Southwest Alaska had grown to at least 1,650 acres as of Sunday night and is expected to merge with another, smaller wildfire burning 3-4 miles to the north sometime today. The Alaska Division of Forestry is formulating a plan of attack to protect any structures and Native […]

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Firefighters contending with rapidly growing wildfire in Southwest Alaska

A wind-driven wildfire in a remote part of Southwest Alaska had grown to as much as 500 acres as of 6 p.m. and the Alaska Division of Forestry had called in smokejumpers and several crews in an effort to contain it. Two air retardant tankers and eight smokejumpers were doing what they could to slow […]

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Firefighters begin mop-up operations on Eagle River fire

May 28, 10 a.m. – Here’s an Alaska Division of Forestry update on the Hiland Fire near Eagle River: The fire is still estimated at 25 acres and is 100 percent contained. Crews worked well into the night to ensure the fire did not grow and were back on the line at 8 a.m. today […]

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Firefighters gaining control of wildfire near Eagle River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department are aggressively attacking a small wildfire near Eagle River and are confident they will bring it under control this evening. The Hiland Fire is located on the south side of Eagle River drainage, just south of Briggs Bridge and about 1 mile from the […]

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Prescribed Burn in Yukon Training Area

May 27, 2016 Starting as early as Saturday and as weather and conditions allow, the BLM Alaska Fire Service .and U.S. Army Alaska will implement a prescribed fire in the Yukon Training Area, located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks. The prescribed fire reduces the potential for a wildfire and eliminates dried grass build up. Removing […]

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Be safe with wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Alaska and with it comes increased wildfire activity. While Alaska has already had 150 wildfires reported this year, all the fires thus far have been small blazes that have been quickly brought under control. The first holiday weekend of the summer, however, traditionally leads to […]

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Twenty-four cadets graduate from Alaska Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy

A class of 24 cadets recently graduated from the Alaska Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy held at the Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp near Fairbanks from April 24 to May 9. The Academy is sponsored by the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters from around the state attended the Academy. There were cadets from the villages/communities of […]

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DOF and AFD firefighters contain small wildfire in Anchorage

The Alaska Division of Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department responded to a small, human-caused wildfire in Bicentennial Park in Anchorage at approximately 5 p.m. A helicopter from the Division of Forestry dropped several buckets of water on the fire while DOF and AFD firefighters worked on the ground to contain the blaze. DOF’s Pioneer Peak […]

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Burnout operation conducted on Healy coal seam fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry conducted a burnout operation on the 2016 Louise Creek Fire, a 2,500-acre coal seam fire near Healy, on Friday. Under the guidance of Incident Commander Cameron Winfrey, firefighters with the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew burned more than 1,000 acres along 3 miles of dozer line to the […]

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