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Structures Protected on Chetaslina Fire; Rain on the Way

COPPER CENTER, AK – Point protection operations on the Tenas Jack, Kuntson and Copper/Cheschina cabins and at Dadina Lake near the Chetaslina Fire (#606) are complete. Firefighters returned to the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry helibase after plumbing the structures, setting up the hose lays and sprinkler systems at each of the locations. They […]

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Point Protection Begins on the Chetaslina Fire

COPPER CENTER, AK – Point protection operations on structures near the Chetaslina Fire continue today. Firefighters are positioned at the Tenas Jack, Kuntson and Copper/Cheshnina cabins and at Dadina Lake. Firefighters are working to install hose lay and sprinkler systems around the structures as a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued […]

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Two Local Fire Support Staff Involved in Multi-Vehicle Collision

COPPER CENTER, AK – At approximately 11:50 am on July 21, two public information officers, one from U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and one from National Park Service, Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve were involved in a multi-vehicle collision near Mile Post 102.5 on the Richardson Highway. Both public information officers were […]

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Increase in Activity for Chetaslina and Long Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – The Copper River Basin area weather provided some cloud coverage and cooler temperatures yesterday, but warmer, drier weather is expected again today and on into mid-week. In addition, strong, southerly winds are forecast which may increase the likelihood of fire spread to the north and northeast for the Chetaslina Fire (#606). […]

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Community Information Meeting on Chetaslina and Long Fires set for July 22

COPPER CENTER, AK – Valdez-Copper River Area Forestry and the National Park Service will host a fire information community meeting at the Kenny Lake Community Hall at 7 pm on Monday July 22, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Chetaslina Fire (#606) and the Long Fire (#484) currently […]

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Monitored Fires in Wrangell-St. Elias

COPPER CENTER, AK – Two lightning-caused fires continue to burn in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The National Park Service is working with the Valdez-Copper River Area Division of Forestry to manage both the Chetaslina Fire (#606) and the Long Fire (#484) which are burning in a Limited Management Option area where fire […]

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Looking for ways to assist firefighters?

Here are some ideas for Alaskans who want to help: We appreciate the generous support of the community! Firefighter and public safety are our number one priority and our wildland fire crews are well equipped and cared for. Suggestions for ways you can help: Show support for firefighters: Help keep firefighters safe by creating defensible space around […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: As Expected, Significant Increase in Fire Activity

Several fires in the Upper Yukon Fire Zone saw a significant increase in fire activity on Saturday.  This increase did not come as a surprise for the firefighters. Many days of hot, dry weather caused by a high pressure weather system that has covered much of the state created the perfect fuel conditions for fire […]

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Increased fire activity continues with near Red Flag conditions in Central and Eastern Interior

The forecast for near Red Flag conditions continues for most of the central and eastern Interior during the afternoon and evening hours through Saturday. Smoky conditions over much of the same area are expected to persist. There is very limited to no thunderstorm activity predicted through Friday; however, there is a slight chance for isolated […]

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First new NPS, AK wildfire of 2019 ignited by lightning in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

EAGLE, Alaska: On Monday, June 10 a National Park Service ranger/pilot overflying the Preserve confirmed a new lightning-caused fire start in the Weshrinarin Creek drainage south of the Yukon River and 6.6 miles east of the Charley River. The newly named Yukon Charley Fire (#217) is being managed for resource benefits and other objectives as […]

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