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Small wildfire near Chisana draws response from State Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry has deployed a small squad of firefighters to respond to a 1-acre wildfire approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen. The fire, dubbed the Red Hill Fire, was reported by a local resident from the remote community of Chisana at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire is located about 2 […]

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Smoke from wildfires in western Interior blows into Fairbanks and areas north

No new fires were reported in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) protection area on Sunday but two fires burning in the western Interior between Kaltag and Tanana remained active. Smoke from those fires is being blown into Fairbanks and areas north of Fairbanks, a scenario that is likely to continue for the next […]

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Alaska’s stubborn wildfire season persists with new fires, smoky conditions

Wildfire season refuses to wave the white flag in Alaska, as two new fires were reported in BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Saturday, one of which required a response from personnel based in Galena. In addition, a pair of wildfires burning in the western Interior continue to be active and heavy smoke from […]

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New wildfires continue to pop up in northern Alaska

Wildfire season continues to persist in northern Alaska with the discovery of three new lightning-caused fires in the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Friday. Two new fires were found in the Upper Yukon Zone and one was reported in the Tanana Zone. Surveillance aircraft discovered the Lower Birch Fire (#359) along the Yukon […]

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Smokejumpers snuff out small wildfire near historic mining site of Flat

The Alaska Division of Forestry reported two new wildfires in the Southwest Area over the weekend, one of which drew a response from smokejumpers. The lightning-caused 22-acre Montana Creek Fire was discovered via satellite by multiple modis dots about 65 miles southwest of McGrath at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday. The fire plotted in a […]

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Wildfires have burned more than 500,000 acres in Alaska so far this season

Alaska surpassed the 500,000-acre mark in estimated acres burned by wildfires on Sunday. As of Monday morning, 303 fires have burned an estimated 503,257 acres for the season, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. Most of that burned acreage has been courtesy of several fires burning in remote locations in the northeastern […]

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State forestry firefighting crews head south to help in Lower 48

Fairbanks, AK) – With rain dampening wildfire activity in much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry has begun sending personnel to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts in several western states. Approximately 150 Alaska firefighters from the Division of Forestry have been sent south or will be leaving in the next […]

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Wildland fire managers urge caution with fire and fireworks over Fourth of July Weekend

As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to celebrate the Independence Day Weekend, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. While this summer’s wildfire season has so far been relatively quiet in Alaska, there are areas of the state that […]

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Wildfire near Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is fully contained

A 56-acre wildfire started by lightning on Sunday night near the Kahiltna River northwest of Wasilla is now 100 percent contained. Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to the Kahiltna Fire Sunday night after it was reported by local pilots. The fire was located about 80 miles northwest […]

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Firefighters respond to wildfire northwest of Wasilla near Kahiltna River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked late into the night to control a wildfire reported 80 miles northwest of Wasilla on Sunday. The 56-acre Kahiltna Fire was reported at around 6 p.m. Sunday by local pilots flying over the area. The fire was located in a modified protection […]

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