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BLM-Alaska Fire Service Information Technology Specialist Calvin Moses served as an Incident Technology Support Specialist for the McHugh Fire near Anchorage on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Photo by Sam Harrel/Alaska Division of Forestry

From Boots to Keyboard

Alaska Native trades a wildland firefighting career for technology in support of fires Among the group of wildland firefighters that converged on the small Interior Alaska community of Allakaket in June to manage efforts on a cluster of fires burning in the area was one of the village’s own. When Calvin Moses, an information technology […]

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Instructor Ben Ferguson, on left, helps Alaska Job Corps student Esai Montes as he and fellow student Ying Yang learn to sharpen pulaskis during a basic wildland firefighting class on Feb. 8, 2017

BLM Alaska Fire Service offers basic wildland firefighting training to Job Corps students

(March 8, 2017) PALMER – Alaska Job Corps students got a taste of working on wildfires at a week-long basic wildland firefighting training class offered in the middle of the winter by the BLM Alaska Fire Service. The training, which is commonly referred to as a red card class, gave 41 Job Corps students the […]

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Debris pile disposal prescribed burn on military lands near Delta Junction on March 11-31, 2017 with map of area and file photo of burn pile.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army Alaska to Burn Debris Piles on Military Lands near Delta Junction

March 7, 2017 FAIRBANKS – The U. S. Army Alaska, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will burn piles of woody debris created in 2013 in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) on the west side of the Delta River approximately five miles southwest of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start […]

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Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service specialist Matt Kilgriff shoots a stream of flaming gel from the Terra Torch to burn piles of brush and trees as part of a prescribed burn project in U.S. Army Alaska’s Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely Nov. 4, 2016. The piles were created by U.S. Army Alaska hand crews working to remove dead and decaying vegetation and black spruce in an effort to reduce the chances of a wildfire on military lands.

Army, BLM Alaska Fire Service fight fire danger with fire

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – A report released Dec. 15 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 to 60 percent – due to human-caused climate change. According to the Alaska […]

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Graphic of burn piles on military lands.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army To Burn Debris Piles Near Delta Junction

Oct. 28, 2016 – Starting as early as Nov. 3, the BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will be burning piles of woody debris created this summer during hazardous fuels reduction projects in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) and Gerstle River Training Area (GRTA) south of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start as […]

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BLM AFS monitoring late season fire in the Northwest Arctic

Oct. 15, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service is monitoring a 350-acre fire that is burning five miles northeast of Noorvik in the Northwest Arctic. The Melvin Cannel fire was reported to the BLM AFS Galena Protection Zone on Wednesday, Oct. 12. It is not threatening any known sites of value and has several […]

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BLM AFS and U.S. Army Alaska Conduct Prescribed Burn in Yukon Training Area

Oct. 13, 2016 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Starting as early as Sunday, Oct. 16, the BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will implement a prescribed fire in the Yukon Training Area, located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks. No burning will be conducted after Oct. 31 to comply with Fairbanks North Star Borough open […]

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File photo of burn piles on Fort Wainwright near Badger Gate in 2013

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army To Burn Debris Piles on Military Lands

Oct. 5, 2016 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The U. S. Army Alaska, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will be burning piles of woody debris created this summer during hazardous fuels reduction projects on the Fort Wainwright main post and Yukon Training Area (YTA). Burning operations may start as early on […]

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Smokejumpers respond to fire near Koyuk

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 –  BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers are responding to a fire burning in tundra about two miles east of Koyuk. The fire was reported by villagers at approximately 1:30 p.m. today. Agency personnel flew over the fire and reported the fire as about 10 acres in size, 15 percent active and burning with […]

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Emergency firefighter crews from Chevak, Hooper Bay, Huslia and Kaltag line up to board a jet that will take them to the Lower 48 to work on wildland fires. Photo by Darla Theisen/Alaska Division of Forestry

Village crews help on Lower 48 fires

Sept. 2, 2016 – Five 20-person rural Alaska Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews headed south late last week to help work on a handful of wildland fires burning in the Lower 48. Two crews from Chevak and one each from Hooper Bay, Kaltag and Huslia first landed in California near where the Alaska Interagency Management Team […]

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