Archive | May, 2017

Burn smart and be safe with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Alaska and with it comes the potential for increased wildfire activity. The first holiday weekend of the summer traditionally leads to new wildfire starts caused by campfires, debris burning, barbecue grills, use of all-terrain vehicles, fireworks, target shooting and other favorite recreational activities people enjoy […]

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Fire escapes unattended burn barrel, destroys home near Copper Center

A home on the Old Richardson Highway near Copper Center was destroyed Tuesday afternoon as the result of a grass fire that originated from an unattended burn barrel on the property. Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and several local fire departments responded to the Old Richardson Fire, which was reported at 1:43 […]

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Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry join forces to build fire break in Eagle River

The Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) is teaming up with the Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) to help the residents of an at-risk subdivision prepare for a wildfire by constructing a shaded fuel break. The Eagle River subdivision is located on Denaina Drive and Kulchay Circle. A wildfire in this area could quickly spread in the […]

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Wildfire on Kodiak Island draws response from State Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to a wildland fire on Kodiak Island Thursday afternoon. The 91-acre Saltrey Creek Fire was reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. by a member of the Womens Bay Fire Department. The fire was estimated at 5 acres and was burning up a steep mountainside about 15 miles southwest of the […]

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Graphic of wildland firefighter lighting a field of grass on fire for prescribed burn for Yukon Training Area located 35 miles east of Fairbanks. Smoke may be visible from the Chena Hot Springs Road, Richardson Highway and adjacent communities.

BLM AFS and U.S. Army Alaska to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Stuart Creek Impact Area

Starting as early as Sunday and as weather and conditions allow, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) and U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will¬†implement a prescribed fire in the Yukon Training Area located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks. Ignitions on the Stuart Creek Impact Area may continue through to May 14. […]

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Forestry, local fire departments corral 25-acre grass fire near Delta Junction

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Fort Greely and Rural Deltana Volunteer Fire Department acted quickly to corral a 25-acre grass fire in Delta Junction on Thursday afternoon that closed Nistler Road for a short time due to heavy smoke. Smoke from a nearby grass fire crosses Nistler Road early Thursday afternoon near Delta […]

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Division of Forestry assists ADF&G with prescribed burn on Delta Junction Bison Range

Lighted drip torch in hand, Sue Rodman tipped the head of the torch toward the ground and began walking across a corner of the Delta Junction Bison Range. A line of flame followed her as a combination of diesel fuel and gasoline dripped from the burning torch onto a mat of dead grass and willow […]

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