Archive | June, 2018

Smokejumpers, air tankers en route to wildfire near border station on Top of the World Highway

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a wildfire that could potentially threaten a remote border crossing station on the Top of the World Highway between Tok and Dawson City, Yukon. The fire, named the Top of the World Fire, was called in at 5:20 p.m. by officials at the Poker Creek-Little Gold Creek […]

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Firefighters on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires continue mopping up, building line

Despite hotter, drier conditions, there was not a significant increase in fire activity Wednesday on two wildfires burning approximately 100 miles west of Fairbanks and 8 miles south of Manley Hot Springs. There was no increase in size reported on either the Zitziana River Fire (#133) or Mooseheart Fire (#204). The Zitziana River Fire remains […]

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Multiple aircraft help smokejumpers confine wildfire near Harding Lake to 3 acres

An aggressive aerial assault helped firefighters on the ground corral a small wildfire about 40 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 6 miles northeast of Harding Lake on Wednesday evening. An Alaska Division of Forestry engine crew patrolling near Harding Lake reported the Mosquito Creek Fire (#262) at 6 p.m. after spotting smoke in the area. […]

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Small, remote wildfires keep AFS smokejumpers hopping

The BLM Alaska Fire Service deployed smokejumpers to two small wildfires on Wednesday and one on Tuesday to protect structures and evaluate fire activity. Eight smokejumpers were dropped on a small fire on the Tanana Flats about 20 miles south of Fairbanks on Wednesday to protect a military shelter cabin in the area. The Hadley […]

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State forestry working to contain wildfire ignited by coal seam near Healy

The Alaska Division of Forestry is working to contain a nearly 2,000-acre wildfire that was ignited by a coal seam fire near Healy on Tuesday. The Louise Creek Coal Seam 2018 Fire is burning east of the Nenana River about 5 miles northeast of the community of Healy. The fire was mapped at approximately 1,900 […]

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Hotter, drier weather could increase fire activity on Zitziana and Mooseheart fires

Weather conditions remained favorable and provided a chance for fire managers to strategically relocate some of the 152 personnel working on the Zitziana River Fire (#133) and Mooseheart Fire (#204) on Tuesday. The two lightning-caused fires started June 4 and June 6, respectively. The fires are burning about 3 miles apart south of the Tanana […]

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Winds ignite coal seam wildfire east of Healy

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a wildfire east of Healy that was ignited by a coal seam. The Louise Creek 2018 Fire is estimated at 600 – 1,000 acres as of 9:30 p.m. The fire was fanned to life by windy conditions in the area and is located east of the Nenana […]

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Firefighters wrap up work on Molybdenum Mountain Fire

Alaska Division of Forestry wildland firefighters have completed work on a 650-acre wildfire in southwest Alaska. The last of the firefighters working on the Molybdenum Mountain Fire were flown off the fire on Tuesday afternoon after declaring the fire 100 percent contained. The fire, located about 135 miles southwest of McGrath, was started by lightning […]

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No new growth reported on Zitziana and Mooseheart fires

Cloudy, damp conditions made for another uneventful day on the Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires west of Fairbanks on Monday. No growth was reported on either of the two lightning-caused wildfires burning approximately 8 miles south of Manley Hot Springs and firefighters spent another day mopping up around structures that were threatened by the fire […]

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Firefighters conduct a test burn to see if fuels are receptive to burning before doing a prescribed fire on the Small Arms Complex east of Fairbanks. Photo by Chris Demers, BLM AFS

BLM AFS, USARAK wrap up successful Prescribed Fire Projects

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) in cooperation with local, state, federal and military partners implemented several successful prescribed fire projects this spring to reduce the risk of wildfires on military training areas. There were 31,517 acres and 400 woody debris piles burned on 15 military ranges in Interior Alaska between […]

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