Archive | June, 2019

Swan Lake Fire Line Holds Despite Warm Weather

On a hot Saturday, firefighters and the Sterling community saw their fire lines tested north of the Sterling Highway and Homer Electric transmission line as fire activity picked up.  Sunday will be another test.  Also along the south side of the Swan Lake Fire, crews mopped-up and started suppression repair work for restoration of wildlife […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: As Expected, Significant Increase in Fire Activity

Several fires in the Upper Yukon Fire Zone saw a significant increase in fire activity on Saturday.  This increase did not come as a surprise for the firefighters. Many days of hot, dry weather caused by a high pressure weather system that has covered much of the state created the perfect fuel conditions for fire […]

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Shovel Creek Fire: Fire Spreads Eastward into Blueberry Creek and South toward Murphy Creek

The Alaska Incident Management Team (IMT) will host a community meeting for the Shovel Creek Fire on Sunday, June 30 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Ken Kunkel Community Center pavilion or recreation hall (weather dependent) at 2645 Goldstream Road, Fairbanks, AK.  On Saturday, hot and dry weather, continuous stands of black spruce, west winds, […]

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Smoke Forecast for 6-30-19

CENTRAL/EASTERN INTERIOR: Light winds from the west and south will continue to transport smoke to the east-northeast. The eastern interior will remain warm and dry so fires there should continue to be active.  SOUTHCENTRAL: A shift in weather on Sunday will cause southerly winds which will transport heavy smoke into the Anchorage bowl and southern […]

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Shovel Creek Fire: Residents Evacuate Martin and Perfect Perch Subdivisions as Hot & Dry Conditions Persist

Fueled by persistent hot and dry conditions, the #ShovelCreekFire grew to the north and northeast yesterday afternoon and evening. Just before midnight, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations raised the evacuation alerts for the following subdivisions: Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions from a Level 2 (SET) to a Level 3 (GO). The Martin and […]

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Shovel Creek Fire: Level 3 Evacuation Alert Issued for Martin and Perfect Perch Subdivisions

Level 3 Evacuation Alert Issued for Martin and Perfect Perch Subdivisions Level 2 Evacuation Alert Issued for McCloud and Murphy Subdivisions Lincoln Remains at Level 2 Evacuation Status Assistance/Evacuation Centers for People: Randy Smith Middle School located at 1401 Bainbridge Blvd, Fairbanks, AK 99701 Evacuation Centers for Pets/Animals: Tanana Fairgrounds 1800 College Rd, Fairbanks, AK […]

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Shovel Creek Fire Community Meeting Set for Sunday June 30th 6pm @ Ken Kunkel Pavillion

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will provide and update on #ShovelCreekFire on Sunday June 30th at 6 p.m. at the Ken Kunkel Community Center. For those of you who are unable to attend, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations team will be live streaming the meeting at @FNSBEmergencyOperations. Pushed by winds and fueled by […]

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The McArthur Creek Fire near the Alaska/Canada border as seen from the air on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo by Peter Talus/Alaska Division of Forestry

Boundary River and McArthur Creek fires near Tok still growing

The Boundary River Fire (#362) approximately 40 miles southeast of Tok has grown to an estimated 8,000 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was started by lightning on June 23 and is burning west of the Nabesna River approximately 10 miles southwest of the village of Northway. The fire grew rapidly […]

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The Rainbow 2 Fire burning approximately 15 miles west of Delta Junction and west of the Tanana River. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.

State forestry battling 100-acre lightning-caused wildfire west of Delta Juntion

Air tankers and water-scooping aircraft are responding to a lightning-caused wildfire west of Delta Junction across the Delta River near Delta Creek. The Rainbow 2 Fire was reported at 5 p.m. shortly after lightning moved through the area and had grown to an estimated 50 acres by 5:30 p.m. It had grown to an estimated […]

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Firefighters making headway on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Hot weather made for a day of active burning on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) today. However, firefighters continued to make good headway in corralling the fire and there was no new growth.  Crews completed construction of a sawline and hoseline around the perimeter and the fire remains at 52 acres. Water-scooping aircraft were used today to […]

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