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Dry conditions in Southcentral Alaska spark wildfires

A spate of wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska on Thursday is proof that wildland fire season has arrived in Alaska, even though much of the northern half of the state remains covered in snow. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office in Palmer responded to six small wildfires on Thursday – five in the […]

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New burn permits required starting April 1

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Burn permits are required annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn […]

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Report: Human-caused climate change increases likelihood of severe fire seasons in Alaska

A report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly (34-60%) due to human-caused climate change. The 2015 Alaska fire season burned the second largest number of acres in Alaska […]

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Alaskans head to southeastern U.S. to help battle wildfires

Fairbanks – Nov. 7, 2016 – 4:15 p.m. -Alaska’s state and federal wildfire suppression agencies are deploying personnel to the Lower 48 to help battle wildfires in the drought-stricken southeastern U.S. In the last two weeks, more than a dozen personnel from state and federal agencies in Alaska have been sent to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, […]

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Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is 100 percent contained

Friday, Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway is now 100 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters toured the fire perimeter on Friday morning and declared the 303-acre fire fully contained, according to Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh. […]

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Rain and snow help push containment up to 83 percent on Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer

Friday, Oct. 21 – 10:25 a.m. – With a little help from Mother Nature, firefighters on Thursday continued to gain ground on a wildfire smoldering along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 303-acre Moose Creek Fire is now 83 percent contained, according to a perimeter map released by the Alaska Division of Forestry on […]

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Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer now 70 percent contained

Thursday, Oct. 20 – 10:40 a.m. – Containment on the Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is now at 70 percent and fire managers are optimistic full containment on the late-season wildfire will be achieved before the end of the weekend. “If (the weather) stays the way it is right now we’re hoping for full […]

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Containment for Moose Creek Fire increases to 51 percent

Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 8:10 p.m. – Firefighters on Wednesday continued to take advantage of diminishing winds to get a better handle on a late-season wildfire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. Containment on the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire burning about 12 miles north of Palmer increased to 51 percent on Wednesday, an increase of […]

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Moose Creek Fire now 46 percent contained; managers hope for full containment by weekend

Wednesday, Oct. 19 – Noon – A wildfire burning along the Glenn Highway  north of Palmer is now 46 percent contained and fire managers are hoping to have the fire fully contained by the end of the weekend. The Moose Creek Fire, burning 12 miles north of Palmer and 5 miles south of Sutton, is […]

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State Forestry fire managers hope drop in winds will boost firefighters’ efforts on wildfire north of Palmer

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – 10:45 a.m. – Alaska Division of Forestry fire managers are hoping a decrease in winds will help firefighters increase containment on a 300-plus acre wildfire burning north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. After three days of battling strong winds that have fanned the flames of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire, firefighters […]

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