Archive | July, 2016

Personnel Reduced, Continued Monitoring on Steamboat Creek Fire

Copper Center, AK: The fire acreage is still unchanged at 19,719 acres. Fire personnel flew the fire perimeter and observed that several smoldering areas still exist, but are not approaching areas of concern near the Chitina River. It is smoldering in an area along the confluence and to the northwest of the Chakina & Klu […]

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Update for Seward Highway pull-offs

Motorists should continue to use caution when driving the Seward Highway through the fire area. The 35mph speed limit has been reduced through the affected fire area but has been shortened to 1/4 mile north of McHugh Creek to  1/4 mile south of Beluga Point. pull offs outside that area are now open. Falling rocks […]

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Steamboat Creek Fire Smolders, Historic Cabin Cleared

Copper Center, AK: Small amounts of rain have kept fire acreage unchanged at 19,719 acres. On Thursday, July 28th, fire managers landed at the historic Monohan Cabin to cut brush and fuels to reach a “Firewise” standard. The “Firewise” program encourages steps to prepare ahead of a wildland fire and reduce the amount of fuel […]

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Watch Alaska Fire Specialist Explain the McHugh Fire Structure Protection Plan

Alaska Fire Service Fire Specialist Travis Howell narrates the structure protection strategy and plan for the seventeen structures in the Rainbow Subdivision. The 778-acre McHugh fire began July 16, 2016, in Chugach State Park, just south of Anchorage and reached 100% containment on July 24 with zero structures lost. Fire investigators have determined that an escaped […]

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McHugh Fire update for July 29, 2016

The 778-acre McHugh fire began July 16, 2016, in Chugach State Park, just south of Anchorage and reached 100% containment on July 24. Fire investigators have determined that an escaped campfire is responsible for the blaze that threatened near-by subdivisions and has closed popular trails in the State Park. A smaller contingent of Alaska Division […]

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Graphic: Where to go to help you know. Wildland Fire Mobile Cheat Sheet.

Where you go to help you know; wildland fire mobile apps cheat sheet

Wildland Mobile Technology Cheat Sheet July 28, 2016  – These days, a world of information is at our fingertips. Here’s a list of mobile applications widely used within the fire and aviation management community. The cheat sheet, provided through the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center, is based off of feedback and field information from pilots […]

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Mayor Ethan Berkowitz Thanks the Firefighters and First Responders

Watch live coverage of the open house community meeting held at the Goldenview Middle School on July 27th, 2016 at 7 p.m. At the time of the meeting, the McHugh Fire located south of Anchorage, Alaska, was 778 acres with 35% containment and 65% confinement. A total of 141 firefighting resources were assigned to the fire. […]

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McHugh Firefighters Tackle Hot Spots on Eve of Team Transition

Members of the Eldorado Interagency Hotshots show Alaska postcards Sunday morning, July 24, 2016, at the Incident Command Post of the McHugh Fire. An Anchorage local, Mary D. Knox who lives in the shadow of the fire, donated more than 200 stamped Alaska picture postcard for crews and firefighting personnel, many from outside of Alaska. […]

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Cool and Moist Weather Forecasted on the Steamboat Creek Fire

Copper Center, AK: Small amounts of precipitation continue to fall each evening and throughout the day on the Steamboat Creek Fire, causing no change in the growth of the fire. The acreage has changed and decreased, however, due to more accurate mapping, at 19,719 acres. In the last 24 hours the fire area has received […]

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Fire activity gets a short-lived boost

3:25 p.m., July 27, 2016 – Fire season briefly bumped up yesterday, mostly in a small part of northern Alaska. There were two new fires and BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers were sent to two older fires that increased in size due to lingering dry conditions and wind. The activity is short lived due to rains that fell […]

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