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Firefighters, Aircraft Continue Work on Yukon Flats Area Fires

Work continues on numerous fires burning in the Yukon Flats. Of the 138 active fires in BLM Alaska Fire Service area that covers the northern half of the state, 34 are within the more than 51-million acre Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone that covers the eastern chunk of Alaska along the international border north of […]

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Two Crews Added to Help on Eagle Fire

The Eagle Fire (#355), burning across the Yukon River from the Village of Eagle in steep, bluffy terrain, has grown to 68 acres. Eight smokejumpers are currently assigned, with two crews and some support overhead expected in Eagle today to augment the efforts. It is considered 17% contained. Smoky conditions and a temperature inversion have […]

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Smoke from wildland fires likely to worsen in coming days

With warmer, drier conditions around much of the state over the next several days, the wildland fires burning throughout Alaska are expected to become more active and put up more smoke.   Conditions could become hazardous at times depending upon winds.  Multiple fires in the Interior are causing variably smoky conditions in the Fairbanks area.  In […]

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Shovel Creek Fire Community Meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday

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Perimeter map of the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires.

Demobilization of forces underway on the Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; several small fires reported

Firefighters on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires have secured the areas around cabins and homes impacted by the fires and prepared others that may be threatened in the future. Due to forecasted weather and moderated fire activity fire managers are downsizing the number of firefighters assigned. Strong, gusty winds from passing thunderstorms […]

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Fire activity moderates on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires

Scattered rain showers over night were reported on portions of the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires. Forecasted weather calls for mostly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms over the area of both fires today. Smokejumpers are positioned on Iksgiza Lake to assess and prepare cabins for structure protection should the need arise. Firefighters continue […]

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McHugh Fire Update for 7-24-16

ANCHORAGE – The McHugh Fire continues to be confined by firefighting efforts and natural barriers.  With better mapping, the fire is now estimated at 778 acres and firefighters have reached 30 percent of their containment goal.  Heavy rain today will aid containment and firefighting efforts continue. The fire began July 16 in Chugach State Park, […]

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McHugh Fire PM Update 7-22-2016

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team is holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. this evening at South Anchorage High School to update residents on the status of firefighting efforts on the McHugh Fire.  Fire managers and agency officials will be on hand to answer questions.  For those unable to make the meeting, […]

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McHugh Fire Traffic Advisory

Motorists driving through the fire area are urged to use EXTREME CAUTION.  For the safety of our firefighters as well as Department of Transportation and public safety personnel, please be advised: The Speed Limit is reduced to 35 MPH through the fire area. All pull-outs are CLOSED. The fire and rain have loosened rocks and […]

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McHugh Fire A.M. Update 7-22-16

ANCHORAGE – Rain, cooler temperatures and firefighting efforts have helped to keep the McHugh Fire in check.  Firefighters will take advantage of those favorable conditions today to continue containing the fire on the ground and from the air.  The fire remains at 842-acres and is seven percent contained. Members of the Tahoe Hotshots prepare to […]

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