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BLM Alaska Fire Service drone pilot Jason Brooks readies the quadcopter for take off before flying over the North Robertson Fire near Tok on June 10, 2017.

Taking Flight: Alaska pioneers use of drones on wildland fires

Alaska wildland firefighters pioneered the use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, on fires across the country this summer to help provide fire crew support, hot spot detection and mapping. Statewide, the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska owns 17 of the small, 3D Robotic Solo quadcopters, including the nine allocated to BLM Alaska Fire […]

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Map showing the location of the burn piles south of Delta Junction.

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

Nov. 14, 2017 Update: This prescribed burning of debris piles was suspended indefinitely due to weather conditions – specifically an estimated foot of snow that fell in the Delta and Gerstle River training areas over the weekend. BLM Alaska Fire Service officials will reevaluate the burn plan in the spring when conditions are more conducive […]

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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 Fort Wainwright main post and military training areas south of Fairbanks. Burning operations may start as early as Saturday, Sept. 30 and will continue, as conditions allow, until Oct. 31.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army 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 be burning piles of woody debris on Fort Wainwright main post and military training areas south of Fairbanks. Burning operations may start as early as Saturday, Sept. 30 and will continue, as conditions allow, until […]

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Members of the Type 2 EFF Upper Tanana #2 Crew line up to grid for hot spots on the Caribou Fire near the Canadian Border on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo by Neal Charlie//Alaska Division of Forestry

Last of the EFF crews to return from Lower 48 fire Sunday

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The final four of the 23 Type 2 emergency firefighter crews (EFF) who have fought fire in the Lower 48 this year are returning to Alaska Sunday afternoon after spending two weeks working on a wildfire in Montana. The returning crews – Nulato, Marshall, Upper Tanana #2 and Fairbanks #1 – are […]

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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the location of the 31 active fires in Alaska as of Sept. 15, 2017.

Forestry works on new fire near Nenana

Fairbanks Area Forestry firefighters are working on a small fire burning along the Tanana River 15 miles downriver from Nenana. The new fire is one of 31 active fires in Alaska and underscores the continued potential for new fires especially as the fall weather dries out dead and decaying fuels, making them susceptible to new […]

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Two new fires keep firefighters busy in Copper River Basin Thursday

A Division of Forestry heliattack crew, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes rushed to aggressively attack a wildfire burning 17 miles east of Lake Louise Thursday evening. It was the second fire of the day for Copper River Area Forestry. A private aircraft reported the fire to the Tok […]

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Members of the BLM Alaska Fire Service's training crew, the North Star Fire Crew, hand two sack lunches to each firefighter boarding a jet bound for Missoula, Montana on Aug. 11, 2017. Photo by Beth Ipsen//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Jet load of crews head south to help with busy fire season

A mixture of young and veteran Alaska firefighters left BLM Alaska Fire Service facilities at Fort Wainwright Friday morning to help with the busy fire season in the Lower 48. Three emergency firefighter crews from Upper Kalskag, Selawik and Noorvik plus the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew were handed two sack lunches and boarded […]

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Fireworks start wildfire near Gakona

Firefighters scrambled early Thursday morning to put out a wildfire burning near the Copper River that was ignited by fireworks. The .5 Tok Cut-off Fire (#389) started below a bluff overlooking the Copper River. Fireworks aren’t prohibited in the area despite a burn suspension in place for open debris piles and burn barrels. The Copper River Area […]

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A BLM Alaska Fire Service dumped eight buckets full of water on the Middle Nenana River Fire (#388) Tuesday night to help contain the fire burning a mile west of Nenana. Photo courtesy Brian Charlie.

DOF firefighters contain fire near Nenana after locals use bucket brigade to douse flames

Local residents formed a bucket brigade to knock down a wildfire they found burning next to the Middle Tanana River near Nenana yesterday. Five residents, including a couple of men with past wildland firefighting experience, worked on the fire until an BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) helicopter and Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) firefighters […]

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Crews continue to seek out hot spots on Chistochina River Fire

Crews continue mopping up the Chistochina River Fire (#381). They secured at least 50 feet in from the fire’s perimeter yesterday. The goal is to ensure the entire 98 acre fire is mopped up and all hot spots are extinguished. This should be enough work to keep the remaining crews busy until early next week. […]

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