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Map of lightning and fires in Northwest Alaska. The purple and red arrows are lightning strikes in the last 36 hours. The fire numbers in the 500 and above range are new starts.

Lightning delivers another round of fires in northwestern Alaska

Fire season has ebbed and flowed in Western Alaska with lightning delivering another round of fires in the past few days. Lightning ignited 11 new fires in three days within the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone had that encompasses more than 93 million acres in the northwestern section of Alaska. Of which, three were […]

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Ninetyeight Creek Fire contained; Beaver Fire activity moderates

Cooler and wetter weather has helped to lessen fire behavior in the area of the Beaver Fire (#390). The fire showed minimal smoke yesterday although some activity was detected on the fire’s eastern and northern flanks. Personnel will monitor the fire’s perimeter today which will include rechecking three small spot fires that crossed the South Fork […]

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Smoke outlook for 7-12/13: Unhealthy levels remain in the Interior; smoke will clear in Southcentral Alaska

Anchorage should get a break from smoke generated by the Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula starting today. However, smoke will continue to impact and send air quality to unhealthy levels in many parts of Interior Alaska, including the Upper Yukon Area. Beginning tomorrow, there will be two Smoke Outlooks for Alaska. Alaska North […]

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Map showing fires and air quality levels for July 11-12, 2019.

Smoke outlook for 7/11-12: Heavy smoke impacts Yukon and Tanana Valleys; Juneau

Heavy smoke will impact the Yukon and Tanana valleys including the Fairbanks area and will return to Juneau this afternoon, according to air quality advisors working at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Fire Central/Eastern Interior: Ridgetop winds will be from the west today. Trend toward cooler temperatures continues. Southcentral:  A southerly breeze continues today bringing […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/10-7/11: Many places cleaning out today – except for Tanana Valley

Heavy smoke impacts in Kenai Peninsula, Yukon and Tanana Valleys including Fairbanks and southern Kenai areas, according to air quality advisors working at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Fire Central/Eastern Interior: Ridgetop winds will be from the west today. Heavy smoke is slowing fire activity somewhat. Southcentral: Southwest breeze continues today bringing higher humidity, lower […]

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Tanana Zone Fires see significant growth

The Tanana Zone reports significant growth on all fires on Monday, with more anticipated in the upcoming days to the continued hot, dry conditions. Winds will be generally light today from the northeast to east, but will shift to northwest as a low moves over the northern interior. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms today as firefighters are preparing for windier conditions on Wednesday. The increased winds will […]

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Firefighters making headway on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Hot weather made for a day of active burning on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) today. However, firefighters continued to make good headway in corralling the fire and there was no new growth.  Crews completed construction of a sawline and hoseline around the perimeter and the fire remains at 52 acres. Water-scooping aircraft were used today to […]

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Firefighters continue to make progress on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) continue to make good progress laying hose around the perimeter of the fire burning near Salcha.  Significantly cooler, wetter weather forecasted for Sunday could help them hold the fire in check. The fire remains at 52 acres. Helicopters have been scooping buckets of water from the Salcha River […]

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Map of fires burning in Central Interior.

Increased fire activity continues in Central Interior

High, dry weather is expected to continue in Central Interior, kicking up fire activity and work for firefighters on fires in BLM Alaska Fire Service Tanana Zone. Only four of the 17 fires burning in the Tanana Zone are staffed. Firefighters are working to contain some fires and to put up protection measures around allotments, […]

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Firefighters, aircraft continue work on fire near Salcha River

It was another busy day for firefighters and aircraft on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha as the fire in doubled in size on Thursday to an estimated 116 acres. BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Zone managers expect another active day as warm and dry conditions are predicted to continue through the end […]

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