Archive | June, 2017

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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Smokejumpers and state forestry firefighters contain wildfire south of Tok

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked together late Thursday night to contain a 35-acre wildfire along the Alaska Highway about 60 miles south of Tok. Smoke from the lightning-caused Gardiner Creek Fire was reported by passing motorists near Milepost 1248 on the Alaska Highway at 5:45 p.m. The […]

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BLM AFS firefighters mopping up two Interior Alaska fires

BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters are mopping up two wildfires burning near the Canadian border. The Tchulkade Lake Fire (#254) was one of only two new starts in Alaska Wednesday. It is burning 22 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik and 65 miles west of the border. It was discovered at about 3:20 p.m. during a wildfire […]

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East Fork Fire Activity Moderates

Tuesday’s rain and the current weather conditions have dramatically moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The lightning-caused fire remains approximately 1,016 acres and currently has 147 personnel assigned. The fire is in a limited protection area about 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 […]

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East Fork Fire Receives Some Rain

The lightning-caused East Fork Fire has been remapped to more accurately reflect the perimeter which is now 1016 acres. The fire behavior is currently described as smoldering with minimal burning.  The fire remains approximately 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. The fire received one-third of […]

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Work nearing completion on two Southwest Area fires

Weather permitting, firefighters will be released this weekend from the only two wildfires still being staffed in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham. Tentative demobilization is scheduled for Friday for the 42 personnel on the 220-acre Paimiut Fire approximately 20 miles southeast of Holy Cross. The 33 personnel still working […]

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East Fork Fire Implements New Fire Management Strategy

The East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now estimated at 1,410 acres. Weather permitting, a flight to get more accurate mapping and acreage is planned today. The fire remains approximately 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. A new fire management […]

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