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Smokejumpers and state forestry firefighters contain wildfire south of Tok

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked together late Thursday night to contain a 35-acre wildfire along the Alaska Highway about 60 miles south of Tok. Smoke from the lightning-caused Gardiner Creek Fire was reported by passing motorists near Milepost 1248 on the Alaska Highway at 5:45 p.m. The […]

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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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Work nearing completion on two Southwest Area fires

Weather permitting, firefighters will be released this weekend from the only two wildfires still being staffed in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham. Tentative demobilization is scheduled for Friday for the 42 personnel on the 220-acre Paimiut Fire approximately 20 miles southeast of Holy Cross. The 33 personnel still working […]

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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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State forestry managing 119-acre wildfire southwest of McGrath

Wildland firefighters are managing a lightning-caused wildfire that was reported late Saturday morning about 150 miles southwest of McGrath, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Paimiut Fire, named after the nearby Paimiut Slough, is estimated at 119 acres. Six smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service were dropped on the fire Saturday afternoon […]

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East Fork Fire on Kenai Peninsula now estimated at 850 acres

A lightning-caused wildfire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge more than doubled in size on Friday after increasing winds throughout the afternoon produced extreme fire behavior on the east and northeast sides of the fire. The latest size estimate on the East Fork Fire as of late Friday night was 850 acres. Most of the […]

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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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Wildfire on Kenai Peninsula grows but poses no immediate threat

A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge grew in size on Friday but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading south and west toward the Sterling Highway. As of 5:30 p.m., the East Fork Fire was estimated between 300-400 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Most of the growth […]

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Only one staffed fire left in Southwest Area around McGrath

Firefighting personnel on one of the two remaining staffed fires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area were demobilized on Friday and the one remaining staffed fire will be downsizing this weekend. More than a dozen wildfires were started by lighting between June 4-7 in the Southwest Area, which encompasses 88 million acres between […]

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Firefighters working on East Fork Fire in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Fire managers have formulated a plan to manage a 198-acre wildfire that started in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday evening. The East Fork Fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. east of the East Fork of the Moose River, approximately 4 ½ miles northeast of the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway. The […]

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