Archive | September, 2016

2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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Smokejumpers respond to fire near Koyuk

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 –  BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers are responding to a fire burning in tundra about two miles east of Koyuk. The fire was reported by villagers at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. Agency personnel flew over the fire and reported the fire as about 10 acres in size, 15 percent active and burning with […]

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Emergency firefighter crews from Chevak, Hooper Bay, Huslia and Kaltag line up to board a jet that will take them to the Lower 48 to work on wildland fires. Photo by Darla Theisen/Alaska Division of Forestry

Village crews help on Lower 48 fires

Sept. 2, 2016 – Five 20-person rural Alaska Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews headed south late last week to help work on a handful of wildland fires burning in the Lower 48. Two crews from Chevak and one each from Hooper Bay, Kaltag and Huslia first landed in California near where the Alaska Interagency Management Team […]

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