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Warm, dry weather increases activity on Zitziana River Fire

Thursday’s near-record warm temperatures led to an increase of fire activity along the north and northwest corner of the Zitziana River Fire (#133). Late in the afternoon, isolated group torching and some limited spotting was observed along the Zitziana River. The nearby Mooseheart Fire (#204) showed limited fire activity. The two lightning-caused wildfires burning approximately […]

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State forestry still working to confine coal seam wildfire near Healy

The Alaska Division of Forestry is continuing work to confine a wildfire ignited by a coal seam fire near Healy on Tuesday. The Louise Creek Coal Seam 2018 Fire was estimated at 763 acres as of Thursday afternoon, a decrease of more than 1,000 acres from previous estimates. The decreased acreage is a result of […]

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Smokejumpers, air tankers halt spread of fire near Alaska-Canada border

With the help of retardant drops by air tankers, firefighters were able to stop the spread of a 25-acre fire near the Alaska-Canada border on the Top of the World Highway Thursday night. The Top of the World Fire was reported to the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Tok by officials at the Poker […]

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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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