Archive | July, 2019

Southwest Alaska Area Fire Update – Wednesday July 31, 2019

Firefighters and equipment in the Southwest Area of Division of Forestry are in the demobilization process due to operational objectives being completed and current weather conditions. Fire personnel will continue to monitor fires and will conduct reconnaissance flights to monitor fire activity and growth. There are currently 64 active fires in the Southwest Area, according […]

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Shovel Creek Fire still putting up occasional smoke as firefighters continue patrols

More than 20 firefighters are continuing to mop up and patrol the Shovel Creek Fire (#319). The 22,453-acre wildfire near Murphy Dome about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks is 55 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning on June 21. Command of the fire was transferred from a Type 3 to a Type 4 […]

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BLM rescinds campfire restrictions for Southcentral and Interior Alaska

ANCHORAGE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lifted its campfire ban yesterday on all Southcentral and Interior Alaska BLM-managed public lands in response to recent rain and cooler temperatures that significantly reduce the risk of wildfires. A fire prevention order banning all open fires was issued by BLM Alaska July 12 in response to extreme fire danger throughout in […]

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Alaska State Fire Marshal lifts suspension on sale and use of fireworks

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has lifted the suspension on the use and sale of fireworks in Alaska, effective on Monday, July 29. This decision was based on the current low to moderate wildfire danger as a result of wetter and cooler weather. The ban was put in place by the State Fire Marshal’s […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex: 499,758 acres

Crew movement day as two Hotshot firefighter crews return to the Pacific Northwest and new firefighters arrive in Chalkyitsik. Minimal fire growth occurred across the complex on Wednesday as crews continue today to secure and mop up completed control lines. The Frozen Calf Fire perimeter increased to the northwest with interior pockets of fuel burning […]

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Firefighters remove equipment and garbage on July 27, 2019 from the Hadweenzic River Fire after it no longer needed.

Firefighters continue to hold and improve lines on Conucopia Complex fires

Beaver, Alaska – Firefighters continued the same work on Tuesday as they have for the last few days – holding and improving line already built and watching for opportunities to conduct burnout operations on Conucopia Complex fires. Burnouts remove fuel like timber and brush ahead of the fire to reduce the likelihood it will advance […]

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Firefighters on the Move in the Tanana Zone

Firefighters monitoring active fires Tuesday observed increased burning and smoke on several incidents. Eight smokejumpers were moved via helicopter from the Buster Creek Fire (#624) to the Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361), just to the southeast of Cosna River, and were joined by additional smokejumpers. A handcrew demobilized from the Grouse Creek Fire yesterday will be […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/31-8/01: Winds will improve air quality throughout most of Alaska

Though drought persists in the central Interior and warmer, drier weather may cause an increase in fire activity today, winds and recent precipitation trends have resulted in generally better air quality for the Fairbanks, Anchorage and Southeast Alaska regions. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions persist across the central interior, despite […]

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Swan Lake Incident Commander Brian Pisarek says Thank You

The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer command of the Swan Lake Fire to the a smaller, local IMT on Wednesday, July 31. This type 3 team will monitor the fire and finish the remaining work, which includes chipping and fireline repair. Incident Commander Brian Pisarek took a moment to thank […]

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Southwest Alaska Area Fire Update – Tuesday July 30, 2019

Firefighters working on lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska are finally getting a helping hand from cooler, wetter weather. Due to the moderating fire activity, fire managers are beginning the demobilization process and expect to start releasing crews over the next few days. There are currently 64 active fires in the Southwest Area, according to the […]

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