Archive | June, 2016

Alatna Complex Update: fire officials hold first community meeting

June 30, 2016 (ALLAKAKET, Alaska) – Alatna Complex fire officials held the first community meeting in Allakaket today to talk about the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s strategy to handle fires burning on the west side of the Koyukuk River. The Alatna Complex is comprised of five fires that are located to the north and west […]

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Celebrate safely this Fourth of July weekend

Independence Day Weekend is a cause for celebration but it also can be the cause of wildland fires. Alaska’s interagency wildfire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious this holiday weekend with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. While many areas of the state have received wide-spread precipitation in recent days, […]

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NPS Monitoring New Fires in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

EAGLE, Alaska: Last weekend’s lightning storm ignited seven fires within the boundaries of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The largest is the Kandik River Fire, estimated to be 559 acres as of late Tuesday. It is located approximately 5 miles north of the Kandik River public use cabin and 75 miles downriver of Eagle. The Chester […]

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Increased air traffic near Bettles and Allakaket

June 29 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service warns aviators of the uptick of air traffic near Allakaket and Bettles as firefighting aircraft are flying in support of fires burning in the Koyukuk River Basin. Pilots should check the Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) for information about aircraft operations and if possible, avoid flying over areas […]

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Mat-Su forestry firefighters mopping up grass fire near Point MacKenzie

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office are mopping up a 3.2-acre grass fire reported in the Point MacKenzie area Tuesday night. The fire was reported by a pilot near Mile 17 of Point MacKenzie Road just before 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Mat-Su Area office responded with a helitack load and […]

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Tetlin River Fire near Tok now 75 percent contained

The 818-acre Tetlin River Fire near Tok is now 75 percent contained and management of the fire is scheduled to be turned over to the local Tok Area State Forestry office on Saturday. As of Tuesday morning, there were still 216 personnel working on the fire but that number has been dropping daily and will […]

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BLM AFS increases resources on fires near Alatna

June 28, 2016 – The village of Allakaket will see more activity as BLM Alaska Fire Service steps up its efforts on fires burning in the area. The number of personnel, helicopters and airplanes will increase as BLM AFS installs a Type 3 incident management organization that will coordinate efforts on a cluster of five fires that […]

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Alaska wildfire managers still getting handle on extent of weekend lightning bust

Wildland fire managers on Monday were still assessing the damage done over the weekend when more than 60 new wildfires were started as a result of approximately 20,000 lightning strikes, mostly in the Interior. Due to the high number of fires reported across the Interior on Sunday, firefirefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry in […]

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New fires keep BLM Alaska Fire Service busy Sunday

June 26, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service was busy with reports of new fires Sunday after approximately 18,000 lightning strikes were recorded throughout Alaska in the past two days. By 10 p.m. Sunday, there were an estimated 37 new fires reported throughout the state including a few false alarms. Of that number, 24 […]

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Tetlin River Fire near Tok now 50 percent contained; crews still mopping up

The 818-acre Tetlin River Fire is now 50 percent contained and crews are continuing mop-up operations on the wildfire approximately 20 miles south of Tok, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire received significant precipitation on Sunday, the first wetting rain that has fallen on the fire since it started more than a […]

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