Archive | June, 2017
Map of some of the fires burning in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Upper Yukon Zone. As of Friday, 13 of the 87 active fires burning in Alaska were located within the Upper Yukon Zone that covers almost 52 million acres – an area the size of Minnesota – stretching from the Canadian Border to the Dalton Highway and from the Yukon River north to the Beaufort Sea.

Fire activity picks up in northeastern Alaska

Fort Yukon and Chalkyitsik have been abuzz with activity as aircraft and firefighters move through the two villages in response to fires burning in the north and central Interior part of the state. Two helicopters and the water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft are operating out of Fort Yukon. In addition, for a little more than a […]

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Wildland fire managers urge caution with fire and fireworks over Fourth of July Weekend

As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to celebrate the Independence Day Weekend, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. While this summer’s wildfire season has so far been relatively quiet in Alaska, there are areas of the state that […]

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Wildfire near Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is fully contained

A 56-acre wildfire started by lightning on Sunday night near the Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is now 100 percent contained. Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to the Kahiltna Fire Sunday night after it was reported by local pilots. The fire was located about 80 miles northwest […]

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BLM AFS smokejumpers working on two Interior fires

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on a pair of fires that are burning in Interior Alaska including a fire that originated in Canada. Smokejumpers are providing point protection for a Native allotment from the Campbell River Fire (#268) that entered into the U.S. yesterday. The fire started in Canada, but fire management officials […]

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East Fork Fire Transitions to a Type 4 Incident Commander

This will be the final update for the East Fork Fire unless significant activity occurs. Transition to a Type 4 Incident Commander took place this morning at 7am. The last of the smokejumpers and overhead are being shuttled out of the field today. The Pioneer Peak Hotshots will remain in the field to monitor the […]

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Firefighters respond to wildfire northwest of Wasilla near Kahiltna River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked late into the night to control a wildfire reported 80 miles northwest of Wasilla on Sunday. The 56-acre Kahiltna Fire was reported at around 6 p.m. Sunday by local pilots flying over the area. The fire was located in a modified protection […]

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East Fork Fire Community Open House Tonight

An open house will be held tonight at the Sterling Elementary School from 5-7pm. Stop by this evening to talk with East Fork Fire personnel as well as local officials from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the Alaska Division of Forestry, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Office of Emergency Management, Central Emergency Services and the Alaska […]

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East Fork Fire TFR Encroachments Becoming a Concern

There have been numerous aircraft busting the temporary flight restriction (TFR) in place over the fire. The TFR is in place to provide for the safety of fire-related aircraft operations. Pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. The most up to date TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The return of […]

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Warmer and Drier Conditions Return to the East Fork Fire

The recent cool and damp weather conditions moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Warm and dry weather has returned to the Peninsula and is predicted to continue through the weekend. The change in weather will likely cause an increase in fire activity and smoke production. The […]

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East Fork Fire to Begin Demobilizing

Current cool and damp weather conditions continue to moderate fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Due to the moderating fire activity, fire managers are beginning the demobilization process and expect to start releasing crews over the weekend. The lightning-caused fire remains approximately 1,016 acres with 145 personnel […]

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