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Smokejumpers, villagers work to keep Levelock Fire at bay

11:40 a.m. Aug. 20, 2019 Eight Alaska smokejumpers, aided by heavy equipment and villagers, were able to secure two sections of the Levelock Fire that crossed the dozer line and encroached into the village late Monday night. As of this Tuesday, there were no structures lost in the village of Levelock. Smokejumpers estimate the fire […]

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This map shows the perimeter and location of the 2, 217-acre Deshka Landing Fire in relation to homes and cabins to the east of the fire.

Lighter winds, air support aid firefighters battling Deshka Landing Fire

Calmer weather and aerial support helped firefighters gain ground in taming the Deshka Landing Fire (#736) on Monday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, estimated at 2,217 acres as of Monday afternoon, did not show significant growth on Monday, in large part because high winds from the previous day subsided and allowed […]

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Levelock Fire estimated at 250-300 acres

7 p.m. Levelock Fire Update Smokejumpers, aided by villagers operating bulldozers, are still working to keep a fire from reaching the Bristol Bay area village of Levelock Monday afternoon. Firefighting personnel aboard the plane that delivered the smokejumpers had a rough estimate of the fire size at between 250-300 acres. Smokejumpers reported the dozer line […]

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Map of the Levelock Fire (#752) Fire burning outside the remote Bristol Bay village its named after.

Smokejumpers working on fire near Levelock

Alaska smokejumpers are working on a fire burning west of the Bristol Bay area village of Levelock. Residents reported the fire burning north of the village shortly after midnight Monday. Because all resources were already assigned to fires or were not able to fly due to darkness, a plane carrying the eight smokejumpers launched first […]

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Deshka Landing Fire estimated at 1,800 acres; air tankers and helicopters making retardant and water drops

The Deshka Landing Fire (#736) was estimated at 1,800 acres as of Monday morning and firefighters are working to protect cabins on Red Shirt Lake should the fire reach that far south. Air tankers are currently making strategic retardant drops around the perimeter of the fire to create containment lines to help slow the spread […]

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The North Fork Fire is burning in between the Dimond Ridge Road and the North Fork Road about six miles northwest of Homer. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.

Dozer line constructed around North Fork Fire northwest of Homer

Update at 8 p.m. Firefighters are fortifying a dozer line constructed around the body of North Fork Fire burning northwest of Homer Monday evening and making sure there are no spot fires outside this containment line. The Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice is still in place for people living along the North Fork Road north […]

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McKinley Fire update: Fire still burning on both sides of Parks Highway; evacuations still in effect

The McKinley Fire (#738) is currently estimated at approximately 3,000 acres and the Alaska Division of Forestry is still working to contain active fire on both sides of the Parks Highway between miles 86 to 91. The Parks Highway is currently open to one-lane traffic with pilot cars leading vehicles through the fire area from […]

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Parks Highway Update 8 a.m.: Road open to one-lane traffic with pilot cars but could close at any point

PARkS HIGHWAY UPDATE 8 A.M. The Parks Highway is currently open to one-lane traffic with pilot cars between mileposts 71 and 99. Motorists should expect long delays and be aware that the road could be closed at any point due to ongoing fire activity on the McKinley Fire. Please be patient and drive carefully. There […]

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A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along the Parks Highway seen from the highway on Sunday. Photo by Maureen Clark/Alaska Division of Forestry

McKinley Fire burns at least 50 structures; Parks Highway remains closed

A dramatic increase in fire intensity on the McKinley Fire near Mile 88 of the Parks Highway on Sunday afternoon resulted in the loss of at least 50 structures as firefighters and other emergency responders worked furiously to evacuate and rescue residents threatened by the fire. A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along […]

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Deshka Landing Fire growing in size and intensity; firefighters pull back to protect structures

Due to increased fire activity and concern for firefighter safety, firefighters working on the Deshka Landing Fire (#736) are pulling back and focusing on protecting cabins on Red Shirt Lake and securing the eastern edge of the fire so it doesn’t make a push toward subdivisions on Long Lake Road, according to the Alaska Division […]

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