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Nugget Creek Fire creeps up to 19,000 acres with new growth to south and east

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) has grown to approximately 19,000 acres based on a flight taken over the fire on Monday, July 15, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. That’s an increase of about 3,000 acres since the fire was last mapped on July 9. Most of the new growth has occurred gradually on […]

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Crews to start saw line operations up Cleary Creek Drainage – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/16/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity on the #HessCreekFire should warmer weather occur. Higher humidity and lower temperatures are limiting fire spread. However, because black spruce needles and branches are highly resinous and usually distributed continuously from ground to treetop, they ignite and burn easily. Black […]

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A map showing the location and perimeter of the 1,041-acre Kobe Fire south of the town of Anderson.

Crews, dozers still punching in containment line around Kobe Fire

Firefighters have nearly completed a preliminary containment line around the 1,041-acre perimeter of the Kobe Fire south of the Denali Borough community of Anderson on Sunday. The containment line will be a combination of dozer line and saw line cut by firefighters with chainsaws. It should be complete by the end of shift today. Firefighters […]

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Minimal activity reported on Nugget Creek Fire east of Fairbanks

Fire managers flew over the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) area on Saturday evening and reported minimal growth of the fire perimeter, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Visible smoke in the area is largely due to the consumption of unburned pockets of fuel within the fire interior. Fire activity along the northern edge near […]

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Precipitation reduces fire activity on the Hess Creek Fire – Update for 7/15/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity. While higher humidity and lower temperatures reduce fire activity, the fuel type this fire is burning in is highly susceptible to taking off should conditions change. On Sunday, scattered afternoon and evening showers were observed near the fire, however, it’s […]

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Map of lightning and fires in Northwest Alaska. The purple and red arrows are lightning strikes in the last 36 hours. The fire numbers in the 500 and above range are new starts.

Lightning delivers another round of fires in northwestern Alaska

Fire season has ebbed and flowed in Western Alaska with lightning delivering another round of fires in the past few days. Lightning ignited 11 new fires in three days within the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone had that encompasses more than 93 million acres in the northwestern section of Alaska. Of which, three were […]

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More resources ordered for Rainbow 2 Fire

Fire managers have requested additional resources for the Rainbow 2 Fire (#409) burning approximately 15 miles northwest of Delta Junction. Fire managers have ordered two additional Type 2 crews to join the 24 personnel currently assigned to the fire. Fire crews are spiked out camping on state land adjacent to the cabins on the Richardson Clearwater […]

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Photo of Members of the North Star Type 2 hand crew pick up brush piles in the village of Chalkyitsik, Alaska, on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Firefighters have completed their structure protection setup in the community of 57 residents. The Frozen Calf Fire (#367) and the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407) continue to grow toward the village. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Upper Yukon Zone remains warm and dry

Hot and dry conditions remain over most areas of the Upper Yukon Zone. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 80s over the next several days. Winds will generally be out of the west at 5-10 mph. Some isolated thunderstorms are still possible, but if they materialize, they will be accompanied by moisture. Gusty winds […]

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Firefighters continue work to contain Kobe Fire near Anderson

Firefighters are continuing to construct containment line and mop up hot spots on the Kobe Fire south of the Denali Borough community of Anderson. Smoke in the area dissipated on Saturday and aircraft were able to perform a reconnaissance flight of the fire area. The fire was mapped at an estimated 1,135 acres, a slight […]

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Montana Creek – Malaspina Fire Update July 14, 2019: Continued progress and transition

The Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires remain at 367 and 85 acres, respectively, and are 60% and 50% contained. Little smoke was detected from either fire on Saturday. Given the current situation, the operation is down-sizing and NW Team 12 will turn management of the incident over to the Alaska Division of Forestry and begin […]

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