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Aerial Tour of Swan Lake Fire

Join Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Fire Program Technician Nate Perrine as he narrates an aerial tour of the approximately 8,400 acre Swan Lake Fire. Fire crews are taking advantage of suppression work completed during the 2017 East Fork Fire, and focusing all efforts to keep the fire east of the community of Sterling and the […]

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Map of the Ongivinuk River Fire.

State, federal fire managers monitoring fire in Togiak National Wildife Refuge

State and federal fire managers are keeping an eye on a 764-acre fire burning in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of No Lake Creek and the Ongivinuck River. The lightning-caused Ongivinuk River Fire (#175) started on June 5 and is burning about 44 miles northeast of Dillingham. The Alaska Division of Forestry […]

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Crews focus on completing protection lines in Richardson Clearwater

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Star Type 2 Crew) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  The remaining fire crews will focus efforts for the next few days on completing lines in the Richardson Clearwater community. […]

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Crews complete protection work in the South Bank community

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Star Type 2 Crew) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  Crews completed property protection lines around private homes in the South Bank community yesterday and will focus efforts today on […]

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Aerial photo of fuelbreak in the Richardson Clearwater community. Photo by Maggie Demers, BLM AFS

Crews continue protection work before renewed warm, dry weather

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Star Type 2 Crew) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  Crews continue to construct the property protection fuelbreaks and structure protection measures near groups of cabins located in the Richardson […]

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Conditions begin to warm and dry over the Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 69 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  After significant rain events, it will take several days for vegetation to dry out enough for fire managers to fully assess the residual heat within […]

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Photo shows two BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers riding in a boat looking out at the river, trees and smoky sky. Pumps and hose are in the background. Photo by Alaska Smokejumper Travis McCabe.

Oregon Lakes Fire receives significant rainfall

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 71 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  With nearly an inch of rain, the Oregon Lakes Fire experienced minimal growth on Saturday. While the rain has significantly slowed fire growth, it likely […]

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Wet, smoky conditions persist over the Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 124 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  Wetting rains moderated fire activity on the Oregon Lakes Fire Friday, but caused damp, smoky conditions for the greater surrounding area. This change in weather […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire grew Thursday before anticipated weather change

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 29,296 Personnel assigned: 124 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – While conditions are expected to bring temporary reprieve with cooler, wetter weather moving into the area, Thursday’s breezy warm temperatures resulted in fire growth primarily […]

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Progression Map of the Oregon Lakes Fire Growth Shows Effects of Weekend Wind Event

The strong and gusty Chinook winds over the Memorial Day weekend pushed growth of the Oregon Lakes Fire to an estimated 28,771 acres. The vast majority of the new fire growth was in dry flashy fuels west of the fire as shown in red on the progression map. The fire has burned through stringers of […]

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