Archive | June, 2019
James Lilly, front, and other crew members of the 20-man White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, boards a helicopter at Fairbanks Area Forestry on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to be shuttled in to the Caribou Creek Fire. Photo by Tim Mowry/Alaska Division of Forestry

White Mountain Crew joins fight to contain Caribou Creek Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry continued its aggressive response to a wildfire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks on Wednesday by adding another crew to the roster of crews already battling the blaze. The 20-man White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew joined four other crews already on scene working to contain the 270-acre […]

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Photo of a smoke column on the northeast side of the Swan Lake Fire as seen on Monday, June 17, 2019. Photo by Casey Lasota/Alaska Division of Forestry.

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on Swan Lake Fire

A reconnaissance flight Tuesday afternoon of the Swan Lake Fire showed an estimated overall two day increase of just under 3,000 acres, with the vast majority of growth to the north and northeast. The fire is now estimated at 15,648 acres and there are 169 personnel assigned to the fire, according to the Alaska Division […]

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Water and retardant drops help keep Caribou Creek Fire in check

With the help of water and retardant drops by aircraft, fire activity on the Caribou Creek Fire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks has moderated considerably. The fire continues to smolder and creep with some isolated torching but fire behavior has mellowed since the fire was reported early Sunday night. The fire is actually […]

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Swan Lake Fire transitions to Type 2 incident management team; crews continue prep work

Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was moderated by the cloud cover n Monday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. The fire area remains at an estimated 12,782 acres according to […]

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Firefighters finish work on three wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters have wrapped up work on three lightning-caused wildfires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area around Bethel, Dillingham and McGrath.. The White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew is scheduled to be demobilized from the Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) on Tuesday after spending the past two days gridding the 24-acre fire […]

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State forestry still monitoring small wildfire near Steese Highway north of Fairbanks

A small wildfire burning north of Fairbanks near milepost 62 of the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks has grown slightly and continues to attract attention from passing motorists but has not prompted any action by the Alaska Division of Forestry. Following a reconnaissance flight on Monday, the Cripple Creek Fire (#201) was estimated at 40 […]

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Firefighters continue aggressive assault on Caribou Creek Fire east of Fairbanks

Firefighters on the ground and in the air continued to attack a wildfire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks on Monday. The Caribou Creek Fire is burning about 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near Mile 18. The fire was mapped at 383 acres by firefighters on Monday, a decrease of […]

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Photo of 32,500-acre North River Fire burning 28 miles northeast of Koyuk.

Smoke from 32,500-acre fire near Koyuk blankets Norton Sound area

Norton Sound communities are experiencing smoke drifting from the North River Fire (#218) burning about 28 miles northeast of Koyuk. The fire is burning through tundra interspersed with patches of black spruce. It grew to an estimated 32,500 acres in the past couple of days. BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Management Zone personnel are periodically […]

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Smoke from Caribou Creek Fire blows into Fairbanks; more resources enroute to fire

Fairbanks area residents awoke to the smell of smoke Monday morning as a result of a wildfire burning 25 miles to the east of town. The Caribou Creek Fire (#255) is burning about 7 ½ miles north of Mile 18 Chena Hot Springs Road. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the fire was estimated at 500 […]

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Reconnaissance Flight Confirms Work on Swan Lake Fire

As expected, the cloudy day yesterday allowed firefighters on the 12,782-acre Swan Lake Fire to make good progress. The southwestern firelines nearest the community of Sterling were further strengthened and widened as crews strategically tied work with the existing pipeline right-of-way clearing.   The local Yukon Fire crew has joined the three other crews in this […]

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