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Use caution with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t let the slow start to Alaska’s wildland fire season fool you – it’s a matter of when, not if, we will experience wildfires. Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire managers remind Alaskans and visitors alike to exercise caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend. Despite a mild start […]

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Aggressive initial attack calms wildfire near Nikolaevsk on Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are making good progress containing a wildfire near the village of Nikolaevsk on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. The fire, estimated at 5 acres, was reported at approximately 4 p.m. off Bolotna Road. The fire was burning in grass and heavy slash […]

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Firefighters mopping up 250-acre wildfire near Delta Junction

Firefighters are mopping up a wildfire that broke out near Delta Junction on Friday and burned an estimated 250 acres before it was brought under control. The North Eielson Fire was reported at approximately 1:15 p.m. off Tanana Loop Extension northeast of Delta Junction. The fire was originally thought to be caused by a tree […]

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State forestry responding to wildfire off Tanana Loop Extension in Delta Junction

Firefighters from the Division of Forestry and local fire departments are battling a wind-driven wildfire in the Delta Junction area that was caused by a tree falling on a powerline. The North Eielson Fire was reported to the Division Forestry office in Delta at about 1:15 p.m. Friday off Tanana Loop Extension northeast of Delta […]

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Alaska’s first wildfire of 2018 reported in Southeast Alaska

Alaska’s first wildfire of the season was reported on Sunday in Southeast Alaska and drew a response from a handful of U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The 1.1-acre Lucky Me Fire was reported Sunday afternoon on the southern end of Douglas Island near Juneau. The fire was approximately 100 feet from a residential structure in the […]

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Small wildfire near Chisana draws response from State Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry has deployed a small squad of firefighters to respond to a 1-acre wildfire approximately 100 miles northeast of Glennallen. The fire, dubbed the Red Hill Fire, was reported by a local resident from the remote community of Chisana at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. The fire is located about 2 […]

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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the location of the 31 active fires in Alaska as of Sept. 15, 2017.

Forestry works on new fire near Nenana

Fairbanks Area Forestry firefighters are working on a small fire burning along the Tanana River 15 miles downriver from Nenana. The new fire is one of 31 active fires in Alaska and underscores the continued potential for new fires especially as the fall weather dries out dead and decaying fuels, making them susceptible to new […]

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Two new fires keep firefighters busy in Copper River Basin Thursday

A Division of Forestry heliattack crew, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes rushed to aggressively attack a wildfire burning 17 miles east of Lake Louise Thursday evening. It was the second fire of the day for Copper River Area Forestry. A private aircraft reported the fire to the Tok […]

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A BLM Alaska Fire Service dumped eight buckets full of water on the Middle Nenana River Fire (#388) Tuesday night to help contain the fire burning a mile west of Nenana. Photo courtesy Brian Charlie.

DOF firefighters contain fire near Nenana after locals use bucket brigade to douse flames

Local residents formed a bucket brigade to knock down a wildfire they found burning next to the Middle Tanana River near Nenana yesterday. Five residents, including a couple of men with past wildland firefighting experience, worked on the fire until an BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) helicopter and Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) firefighters […]

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Crews continue to seek out hot spots on Chistochina River Fire

Crews continue mopping up the Chistochina River Fire (#381). They secured at least 50 feet in from the fire’s perimeter yesterday. The goal is to ensure the entire 98 acre fire is mopped up and all hot spots are extinguished. This should be enough work to keep the remaining crews busy until early next week. […]

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