Archive | June, 2018

Smaller team managing Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; three new fire starts

A small contingent of firefighters remain on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Friday morning as command transfers to a Type 4 management organization. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers have been reducing the number of firefighters providing point protection for cabins and allotments in the areas around the […]

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More lightning holdover fires discovered; Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires demobilize

  Firefighters on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires are packing up and backhauling excess equipment from the fireline as the drawdown of forces continues. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers are reducing the number of firefighters assigned. A small contingent of firefighters will remain to provide point protection […]

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Perimeter map of the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires.

Demobilization of forces underway on the Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; several small fires reported

Firefighters on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires have secured the areas around cabins and homes impacted by the fires and prepared others that may be threatened in the future. Due to forecasted weather and moderated fire activity fire managers are downsizing the number of firefighters assigned. Strong, gusty winds from passing thunderstorms […]

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Fire activity moderates on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires

Scattered rain showers over night were reported on portions of the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires. Forecasted weather calls for mostly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms over the area of both fires today. Smokejumpers are positioned on Iksgiza Lake to assess and prepare cabins for structure protection should the need arise. Firefighters continue […]

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Wildfire update: Activity increases on Zitziana River, Mooseheart fires; other fires winding down

An increase in fire activity was observed on the both the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Sunday afternoon. Significant activity was reported on the southeast and northwest corners of the Zitziana River Fire. The Mooseheart Fire, just to the west of the Zitziana, also became more active; mainly on it’s eastern side. An […]

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Round up of Alaska wildland fires

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and patchy cloud cover has moderated fire behavior on the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires burning west of Fairbanks. The 144 personnel assigned to the two fires have completed a pump and hose lay for an indirect fireline, continue with their mop up of firelines around the cabins […]

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Alaska firefighters wrapping up work on several wildland fires

Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters continue work on six staffed wildfires across Alaska. Cooler, wetter weather has moderated fire activity around the state allowing work to be completed on several of the fires. Here is a round up of the staffed fires currently in Alaska: Mooseheart Fire (#204) and Zitziana […]

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Warm, dry weather increases activity on Zitziana River Fire

Thursday’s near-record warm temperatures led to an increase of fire activity along the north and northwest corner of the Zitziana River Fire (#133). Late in the afternoon, isolated group torching and some limited spotting was observed along the Zitziana River. The nearby Mooseheart Fire (#204) showed limited fire activity. The two lightning-caused wildfires burning approximately […]

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State forestry still working to confine coal seam wildfire near Healy

The Alaska Division of Forestry is continuing work to confine a wildfire ignited by a coal seam fire near Healy on Tuesday. The Louise Creek Coal Seam 2018 Fire was estimated at 763 acres as of Thursday afternoon, a decrease of more than 1,000 acres from previous estimates. The decreased acreage is a result of […]

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Smokejumpers, air tankers halt spread of fire near Alaska-Canada border

With the help of retardant drops by air tankers, firefighters were able to stop the spread of a 25-acre fire near the Alaska-Canada border on the Top of the World Highway Thursday night. The Top of the World Fire was reported to the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Tok by officials at the Poker […]

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