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Photo of a firefighter using a drip torch to light grass on fire to burn off dead grass on military lands in the Donnelly Training Area in April 2016.

BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn near Delta Junction

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) east of the Delta River three to 15 miles south of Delta Junction and west of the Delta River about 15 miles southwest of Delta Junction. Prescribed […]

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2019 EFF training set for BLM AFS Galena and Tanana zones

The schedule for federal emergency firefighter (EFF) training for the 2019 fire season has been set for the Galena and Tanana Fire Management Zones. Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will facilitate RT-130 Fireline Refresher Training and the Work Capacity Test (pack test) in 24 villages in rural Alaska starting with Grayling on March 25. Villages in […]

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Fire & Ice: BLM AFS, USARAK kick off 2019 prescribed fire season

Conducting a prescribed burn operation doesn’t typically involve the use of ice bridges and snowmachines. Unless it’s in Alaska. BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska kicked off their 2019 prescribed fire season on Feb. 18 by burning woody debris piles in the remote Donnelly Training Area south and west of Delta Junction. The […]

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Photo of Emergency firefighter candidates learning how to dig line during BLM AFS rookie school in May 2018.

Last of BLM AFS villages scheduled for EFF medical exam visits

The remaining villages have been scheduled for visits by a mobile medical unit conducting exams on federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. Barring any rescheduled dates due to weather, this should be the last schedule for the 28 Alaska villages identified for the mobile medical units visits. The village, date and location for mobile […]

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Photo of rookie firefighters learning to organize as a crew during BLM AFS rookie school in May 2016.

More villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule, others rescheduled due to weather

More villages were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska and others have been rescheduled after weather-caused cancellations. The changes to the schedule are (click on links for exam request forms): Tanana: rescheduled for Jan. 7 (exam request form – mooseheart crew) Arctic Village: cancelled due […]

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BLM Alaska Fire Service emergency firefighters learn how to grid, meaning searching an area in a straight line, to find hot spots during rookie training in 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule

The villages of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Selawik, Minto and Tanana were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. The additions to the schedule are (click on links for request forms): Selawik: Dec. 3 (Deadline to turn in Exam Request Form – Kobuk River form […]

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Map of burn piles slated for burning starting as early as Friday. The burn piles are located south of Delta Junction.

BLM AFS, U.S. Army to burn debris piles on military lands south of Delta Junction

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will be burning piles of woody debris on the Donnelly Training Area south of Delta Junction and the Gerstle River Training Area southeast of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start as early as Friday, Oct. 26 and […]

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Photo of federal emergency firefighters candidates going through rookie training provided by BLM Alaska Fire Service in the spring of 2018.

AFS emergency firefighters to undergo medical exams starting in November

The BLM Alaska Fire Service, in partnership with the Department of Interior Medical Standards Program (DOI MSP), will soon deliver medical exams to federal emergency firefighters. The goal of the exams is to increase safety by identifying pre-existing conditions that could be aggravated by the arduous duty of wildland firefighting. The medical exams will be […]

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Map of burn piles that are targeted for burning sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 31, 2018.

BLM AFS, USARAK to burn debris piles on military lands

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will burn piles of woody debris on the Fort Wainwright Main Post and the Yukon Training Area east of Fairbanks. Burning operations will start as early as Thursday, Sept. 27 and may continue, as conditions allow, until […]

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Yukon Koyukuk Crew Boss William "Papa" Penn leads four Type 2 emergency firefighter crews out on the tarmac to board a plan bound for the Lower 48 on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2017. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS.

EFF crews head south to help with busy fire season

Four Type 2 Emergency Firefighter crews said goodbye to Alaska and its cloudy, rainy skies Sunday morning and headed to the heat of the Lower 48 to help with a busy fire season. The crews from Fairbanks and numerous rural villages boarded a plane bound for Spokane, Wash. where they will then be bussed to […]

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