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Rain continues over the Bristol Bay region

Rain continued to fall across the remaining staffed fires burning in southwest Alaska on Sunday to help moderate fire behavior. Rain remains in the forecast for the region through the week. Smokejumpers are overseeing the last of the back haul from the Levelock Fire (752) and are expected to demobilize from the incident by the […]

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Fires remain active as rain moves through Bristol Bay region

Dry conditions through the summer have allowed fires in the Bristol Bay region to remain active despite recent rains. Deep pockets of peat and duff continue to contain heat and are resistant to extinguish. Satellite-based detection equipment shows areas of heat remain on Ethel Creek Fire (#516), Pete Andrews Creek Fire (#457) and Lower Klutuk […]

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More rain on the way for fires in the Bristol Bay region

Iliamna Airport reported over 0.6 inches of rain fell Friday as the first of two weather fronts moved over fire areas in southwest Alaska. King Salmon and New Stuyahok both reported more than 0.3 inches of rain. The second wave is arriving today and is expected to bring widespread wetting rains along with strong, gusty […]

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Rain moderates fire activity in Bristol Bay region

The first of two weather fronts expected in Southwest Alaska has arrived, bringing rain to the fires burning near King Salmon, Levelock and New Stuyahok. The second wave, forecast for Sunday, is expected to bring even heavier rains to the drought-stricken area. The rains will not produce the season-ending rains needed but should temporarily moderate […]

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Fires remain active in southwest Alaska as dry conditions persist

Prolonged dry periods have resulted in drought conditions that are continuing to make wildfires in the Bristol Bay region extremely resistant to extinguishment. A change from dry weather is forecast for this weekend with the first wave of showers expected Friday evening. The second front is forecast for Sunday and is expected to bring wide-spread […]

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Drought conditions leaving southwest Alaska fires resistant to control

The Bristol Bay area is experiencing severe drought conditions this summer. National Weather Service data shows King Salmon is more than 3 inches below their normal precipitation for June, July and August. Firefighters working on fires in the area are reporting the dry conditions are making fires extremely resistant to control. Water scooping Fire Boss […]

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Persistent drought conditions keep fires active in southwest Alaska

Eight smokejumpers were deployed Monday evening to the Ethel Creek Fire (#516) located 53 miles northwest of Nondalton. The lightning-caused fire started July 11 in a Limited suppression area. The fire has grown to an estimated 18,126 acres and is spreading toward Native allotments along the Mulchatna River and Old Man Creek. The smokejumpers will […]

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New lightning-start fires in the Bristol Bay region as firefighters secure Levelock

Smokejumpers responding to a new fire reported Sunday evening outside of Ekwok were diverted to another new fire about 7 miles northwest of King Salmon. Rain showers and thunderstorms with light and variable winds were reported in the area as personnel on aircraft looked for the Kaklong Creek Fire (#776) reported 2-3 miles southwest of […]

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Additional Alaska crew joins fight against Levelock Fire

Firefighters continue making good progress securing firelines on the Levelock Fire (#752) to protect the village of Levelock and the airstrip. Crews are increasing the width of containment lines to 100 feet during their mop-up operation. Firing operations to remove burnable vegetation will continue as needed and as weather conditions allow. An additional Alaska emergency […]

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New lightning start fire as firefighters secure Levelock

Lightning started another fire Friday in the Bristol Bay area. The Lower Klutuk Fire (#770) is about 10 miles southeast of New Stuyahok and over 15 miles northwest of Levelock. Aerial reconnaissance reported the fire to be 8-acres and actively burning in black spruce and tundra. The fire is not threatening any valuable assets and […]

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