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BLM AFS firefighters mopping up two Interior Alaska fires

BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters are mopping up two wildfires burning near the Canadian border. The Tchulkade Lake Fire (#254) was one of only two new starts in Alaska Wednesday. It is burning 22 miles southeast of Chalkyitsik and 65 miles west of the border. It was discovered at about 3:20 p.m. during a wildfire […]

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The lightning caused Pass Creek Fire (#245) has burned an estimated 20 acres as of Monday. Photo by Dustin Wessel//BLM AFS

BLM AFS smokejumpers working on wildfire near Canadian border

Four BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on a lightning-caused wildfire near the Canadian Border. The Pass Creek Fire (#245) was spotted by BLM AFS personnel from the Upper Yukon Zone on a detection flight Sunday following a few days of lightning strikes in Alaska. It is burning in a modified protection option area […]

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Weather helps suppression, hinders demobilization of Norton Sound fires

The same weather that helped firefighters with suppression efforts over the past few days is now keeping them from demobilizing from two fires burning near the western coast of Alaska. A squad of six emergency firefighters from the Grayling village crew have been mopping up the Stebbins Dump Fire (#238) since BLM Alaska Fire Service […]

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This photo taken from the air on June 16, 2017, shows the path of the Romanof Fire from its point of origin on the coast of the Norton Sound. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

BLM AFS smokejumpers, aircraft kept busy by west coast fires

A fire burning outside the Stebbins dump and another burning on the tundra 29 miles to the south kept BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers busy throughout most of Friday night and a good portion of Saturday morning. Instead of settling down as expected due to humidity levels on the Norton Sound coast, the Romanoff Fire […]

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The Romanoff Fire (#234) is burning in fire within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge on the south side of Port Romanof on the Norton Sound coast. Photo by Ryan McPherson//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Smokejumpers, water scoopers working fire on Norton Sound coast

A load of eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and three aircraft including two water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes responded Friday night to a wildfire on the south side of Point Romanof about 29 miles south of Stebbins. While looking into a report of a possible fire just four miles west of last week’s Kogok 3 […]

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The North Hills Fire was burning within seven miles north of St. Mary's. Eight smokejumpers quickly responded and were able to catch the fire. They plan on demobilizing from the fire on Friday.

Cooler, wet weather hits Southwest Alaska

Cooler and wetter weather is giving wildland firefighters in Southwest Alaska a reprieve for the first time since lightning stuck along the southern Yukon River corridor Sunday. That moisture is predicted to continue through the weekend in the southwestern portion of the state. Six new fires broke out Thursday in BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena […]

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Lightning triggers 19 new starts in BLM AFS’s Galena Zone Tuesday

BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena Zone experienced 19 new starts Tuesday due to a rash of lightning hitting the southwestern Yukon River corridor. The new starts occurred in either limited – the lowest priority – and full management option areas. Many of these new fires were discovered along the western coast from Unalakleet to Point […]

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Fire grows near Anvik

Activity on the Deadmans Slough Fire burning near Anvik picked up Monday afternoon fueled by wind and continued hot, dry conditions. By the time the fire calmed down overnight, BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters estimated it had grown by 30 acres to 120 acres. Because the wind picked up out of the northeast at about […]

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BLM AFS works on fire near Anvik

Efforts are underway to suppress a wildfire burning about two miles southwest of Anvik. Eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and two water scooping airplanes were busy working on the fire Sunday night after it was reported at about 7:30 p.m. Neither the village nor other structures are immediately threatened. The Deadmans Slough Fire (#162) […]

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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. AFS provides wildland fire management for 1.6 million acres of military withdrawn public land under an interagency service agreement with U.S. Army Alaska. (Army photo/John Pennell)

BLM AFS, USARAK Implement Successful Prescribed Fire Projects in Fall and Spring

June 2, 2017 — The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) in cooperation with local, state, federal and military partners implemented several successful prescribed fire projects the past fall and this spring to reduce the risk of wildfires on military training areas. There were 29,379 acres burned between April 15 and May […]

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