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State forestry monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok, one of which is visible from the Alaska Highway near the Canada border. The biggest of the three fires, the McArthur Creek Fire (#133), was reported on Tuesday and was estimated at 3,000 acres as of Thursday. It is located approximately 2 […]

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Early-season lightning strikes spark wildfires in Interior

Lightning has officially entered Alaska’s wildfire equation. Over the past two weeks, almost 5,000 lightning strikes have been recorded across Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks, which tracks daily lightning activity in Alaska. That number includes approximately 2,400 lightning strikes recorded on Monday, the highest single-day total of the season. There […]

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Photo of the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew ignited a burnout along the containment line headed west Tuesday evening. Work is continuing to fortify this burned area. Photo by Evan Sterling, Fire Medic.

Burn operations continue on Oregon Lakes Fire

Firefighters took advantage of northerly winds that pushed smoke and flames south toward the Oregon Lakes Fire while conducting a burnout Tuesday evening. Work will continue today to fortify this new burned area. Aided by heavy equipment, crews will extend the line farther west past Douglas Creek. The goal is to remove the burnable vegetation […]

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The map for the Oregon Lakes Fire from May 11, 2019 shows no growth in the fire area for the past few days.

Community meeting scheduled to discuss plan of action on Oregon Lakes Fire

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Delta Junction City Hall. Members of the team will give an update on the Oregon Lakes Fire’s progression and present their plan to initiate suppression efforts. Time will be available to answer questions about the fire. Despite Red […]

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Photo of a few puffs of smoke were seen from from the northeast corner during an evening flight on the Oregon Lakes Fire on May 9, 2019. Photo by Branden Kobayshi

Another round of Red Flag Conditions expected on the Oregon Lakes Fire today

The Alaska Incident Management Team is wrapping up its long-term strategic planning just in time to be tested by dry and windy weather forecasted to move into the Oregon Lakes Fire area for the second time since it started on April 30. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning from noon through Saturday […]

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Map of Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction on May 6, 2019.

Red flag warning issued for Tuesday as Alaska Type 2 IMT assumes command of Oregon Lakes Fire

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for dry and windy conditions in Deltana and the Tanana Flats Tuesday, the same day the Type 2 Alaska Incident Management Team (IMT) Green Team will take over the management of the Oregon Lakes Fire. The IMT will develop short and long-term strategies to stabilize this […]

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Map of the area where the Oregon Lakes Fire is burning on the Donnelly Training Area about 11 miles south of Delta Junction on May 5, 2019.

Type 2 Incident Management Team mobilizing for Oregon Lakes Fire

Due to the unseasonable dry fuels and forecasted windy and warmer weather, an incident management team is mobilizing to strategically plan efforts on the Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) from Alaska will start assembling on Monday and take over the management of […]

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Photo of the area where the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire is burning west of the Delta River on May 4, 2019.

Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire grows to an estimated 5,000 Acres

  BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flew over the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire southwest of Fort Greely midday Saturday and estimate the fire has grown to 5,000 acres, mostly to the northwest. Only five percent of the perimeter was actively burning, mostly smoldering along the northeast corner. It was lightly snowing during the flight. […]

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Photo provided by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel that flew over the fire midday Thursday and reported the fire was backing, creeping and sometimes running in an area that is interspersed with lakes – some of which still had ice.

Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire grows to an estimated 3,500 acres

The Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire near Fort Greely has grown to an estimated 3,500 acres as it continues to move north through grass and downed trees left from a 2013 fire. BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flew over the fire midday Thursday and reported the fire was backing, creeping and sometimes running in an area that is […]

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Photo of Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire (#077) burning in a limited fire protection area on military training lands southwest of Fort Greely.

BLM AFS, U.S. Army monitoring fire southwest of Fort Greely

BLM Alaska Fire Service and the U.S. Army Alaska are keeping an eye on the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire (#077) that grew to 4,000 acres due to warm weather over the past two days. The fire is mostly confined to an area burned in 2013, burning in grass and downed trees, according to BLM […]

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