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Photo of Sheenjek Fire burning north of Fort Yukon on July 7, 2020. Photo by Chris Demers, BLM AFS.

Midnight Sun Hotshots mobilizing for fire north of Fort Yukon

The BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun Hotshots are mobilizing to protect a Native allotment from the Sheenjek Fire (#296) burning about 46 miles north of Fort Yukon. While other fires throughout Alaska remain dormant, the Sheenjek Fire recently came to life and grew substantially over the past few days, causing smoke to drift into Venetie about 37 miles to the west.

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Mat-Su firefighters quickly douse wildfire started by fireworks near Wasilla

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Central Mat-Su Fire Department quickly snuffed out a small brush fire started by fireworks on Friday night near Wasilla. The one-half acre fire, off Lucy Creek Circle, was reported at approximately 9 p.m. The fire was located in a grass field with a subdivision nearby. The initial […]

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Mushroom pickers discover hot spot from last summer’s Shovel Creek Fire

Mushroom pickers on Thursday discovered a small hot spot that overwintered from last summer’s Shovel Creek Fire northwest of Fairbanks. The mushroom pickers notified the Alaska Division of Forestry at 3:30 p.m. and flagged a trail to the hot spot so two prevention officers could locate it. The hot spot was located about one-quarter of […]

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Firefighters respond to second Swan Lake Fire holdover near Sterling Highway

Firefighters on the Kenai Peninsula are mopping up a second holdover fire from last summer’s Swan Lake Fire that was reported Thursday afternoon by multiple motorists on the Sterling Highway. The Swan Lake Overwinter #2 Fire is estimated at 7.2 acres and is not expected to grow in size. The fire was reported at 3:30 […]

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Smokejumpers working on lightning-caused fires north of Galena, Venetie

Twelve smokejumpers and two water-scoopers were dispatched to take care of two lightning-caused fires Monday – one burning 25 miles north of Galena and the other 11 miles northwest of Venetie.

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Any Creek Fire north of Fairbanks 100% contained but much work remains

Continued cool, wet weather has allowed firefighters to fully contain the 44-acre Any Creek Fire (#236) located about 10 miles north of Fairbanks near Old Murphy Dome Road. After a third straight day of rain and cool temperatures, fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry declared the fire 100% contained as of Sunday night, […]

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Firefighters petting Karelian bear dogs

Certified Wildlife K-9 Karelian bear dogs used for first time on an Alaskan wildland fire

The presence of bears near a wildland fire in Alaska is nothing new to the firefighting community, but the use of professionally trained Karelian bear dogs was a first, nationwide, on the Isom Creek Fire (#187), located south of the Yukon River and along the Dalton Highway, during June, 2020. Safety personnel piloted the use […]

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This slide from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Weather Briefing on June 21, 2020

With little rain in sight, work continues on Yukon Flats fires

Firefighters continue to make progress and get close to containment of three staffed fires in the Yukon Flats. This will be the last update on these fires unless conditions significantly change.

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Heavy fog in Yukon River valley on June 20, 2020

Solstice fog on Isom Creek Fire

Update 2:00PM Original Post 11:00am: Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,180 acresContainment: 69%Total Personnel: 249 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Incident command for the Isom Creek Fire #187 will transfer to a local Type 3 organization early on Monday, June 22. The incoming and outgoing teams are working together to […]

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Rain and toil put containment on Any Creek Fire north of Fairbanks at 70%

After a day of soaking rain and gritty work by firefighters, the 44-acre Any Creek Fire (#236) north of Fairbanks near Old Murphy Dome Road is now 70% contained. With more wet weather in the forecast, fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry are confident the fire located about 7 miles west of the […]

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