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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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Type 2 EFF crews to mobilize to help fight fires in Lower 48

Four Type 2 Emergency Firefighter crews will mobilize to the Lower 48 on Sunday to help with the busy fire season. The crews with 19 firefighters apiece from Fairbanks and rural villages will board a plane in Fairbanks on Sunday bound for Idaho before being assigned to wildland fires in the area. As it has […]

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Wetter, colder weather on the way for many BLM AFS fires

After another hot and dry spell that stoked fire activity on existing fires, a cooler and wetter weather has moved into most of the state that will hopefully help moderate fire behavior and help firefighters working on BLM Alaska Fire Service’s staffed fires. The Eastern Interior parts of the state may miss most of the […]

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16 smokejumpers now working on fire near Hughes

Eight smokejumpers were added today to help the eight already working on the 25-acre Hughes Mountain Fire (#363) burning about four miles west of Hughes since Tuesday. The original eight smokejumpers made good progress cutting saw line from the head of the fire to both the left and right flanks yesterday. Two water-scooping Fire Boss […]

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Work continues on BLM AFS staffed fires

The high pressure that brought warm and dry conditions to many of the fires in the past few days is moving off to the east in Canada, resulting in slightly cooler weather and even some rain in parts of Alaska. As good as that sounds, the Eastern Interior where two of the state’s staffed fires […]

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Work continues on fires as Alaska experiences highest fire danger of the year

Work continues on four staffed fires as the state continues to experience the highest fire danger so far this year. Temperatures are predicted to cool by a couple of degrees and humidity levels are expected to tick up a bit in the upcoming days and moderate by the weekend with the warmest temperatures remaining in […]

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Dry conditions, lightning keep firefighters busy throughout BLM AFS areas

Fire season has reared its head in Alaska, again. After a lull of activity following a lightning bust in early June, a little bit of lightning coupled with prolonged hot, dry conditions has created an uptick of fires in Alaska. This has kept BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers busy as they respond to fires to […]

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Smokejumpers deploy to protect cabins as hot, dry conditions breathe new life into fires south of Manley

Eight smokejumpers were deployed to Kindamina Lake on Sunday to protect cabins after the Zitziana River Fire (#133) made its second several-mile run this summer. The fire  grew several miles to flank around the southern end of the Kindamina Lake, prompting a response to help protect cabins on the lake’s edge. When the last firefighters […]

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Work completed on last staffed fire in Alaska

With the perimeter 100 percent contained, the remaining 39 firefighters left on the last staffed fire in Alaska will demobilize from the Tiechovun Fire today. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Type 2 Initial Attack White Mountain Crew and Type 2 UAF Nanook Fire Crew are the last two crews to come off of the Tiechovun Lake […]

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Work ramping down on Yukon Flats fires

Chalyitsik will see an increase in air traffic this weekend as 6-1/2 miles of hose will come off of two Yukon Flats fires starting tomorrow in preparation of demobilizing the Applevun Fire on Sunday and the Tiechovun Lake Fire late next week. The Applevun Fire (#305) was called 100 percent contained yesterday. Eight smokejumpers and […]

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