Archive | Active Wildland Fire RSS feed for this section

Even with burn permit suspension in place, State Forestry responds to 14 new wildfires over the weekend

Despite a burn permit suspension that went into effect for much of the state on Friday, May 1, wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 14 new wildfires around the state on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Several of those fires were the result of illegal burning activities, such as burn barrels and […]

Continue reading

Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie expected to be fully contained today

Firefighters should achieve full containment of the 130-acre Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie by the end of shift today, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was reported to be 75 percent contained as of Friday morning. The 50 firefighters working on the fire have begun mop-up operations to seek out and extinguish […]

Continue reading

Containment on Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie bumped up to 40 percent

Firefighters on Thursday continued making good headway in containing the 120-acre Trumpeter Fire burning in the Point MacKenzie area of the Mat-Su Valley. As of 5 p.m., the fire had not increased in size and containment had bumped up from 25 to 40 percent. Fire managers were expecting more containment before the end of shift […]

Continue reading

Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie 25% contained; firefighters making good progress

An approximately 120-acre wildfire burning in the Point MacKenzie area of the Mat-Su Valley is 25 percent contained and more than 50 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are continuing work to increase containment. The Trumpeter Fire is burning in a remote area off South Trumpeter Drive in Point MacKenzie, approximately 20 miles southwest […]

Continue reading

Mat-Su firefighters responding to second grass fire in two days in Point MacKenzie area

UPDATE – 10 p.m. – Firefighters are making good progress getting a hose line around the perimeter of the Trumpeter Fire. The latest size estimate is 50 acres and the fire is 25% contained. A second helicopter has been added to assist with suppression efforts. Structure protection measures have been put in place for the […]

Continue reading

Despite heavy snow melt, Deshka Landing hot spots still smoldering

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office continues to monitor multiple hot spots that overwintered inside the perimeter of the 2019 Deshka Landing Fire near the Nancy Lake Recreation Area south of Willow. Two Mat-Su Area wildland fire technicians checked the area via snowmachine on Friday, April 17 and found 11 small hot spots […]

Continue reading

State Forestry monitoring hot spots that overwintered from Deshka Landing Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring several hot spots from last summer’s Deshka Landing Fire near Willow that have been reported over the course of the winter. The first reports of smoke and smoldering were provided by trail groomers in January and DOF has received additional reports of smoke and smoldering in the same […]

Continue reading

Grass fire started by discarded cigarette near Homer illustrates dry conditions on southern Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small grass fire near Homer on Wednesday that was ignited by a discarded cigarette butt. It was the first wildfire of the season on the Kenai Peninsula and illustrates how dry conditions are on the southern Peninsula around Homer, which […]

Continue reading

Psychological First Aid

September 5, 2019 3:00 p.m. swanlakefire We want to give a big shout out to the folks from National Crisis Response Canines on the Kenai Peninsula for getting up really early to visit our fire camp near Sterling yesterday. And to make sure their four-footed-furry friends did not go home without enough belly rubs, they […]

Continue reading

Part of Nancy Lake State Recreation Area re-opened to public

Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation Director Ricky Gease announced today that much of Nancy Lake State Recreation Area has been re-opened to the public as a result of good progress made containing the Deshka Landing Fire. The state recreation area near Willow was closed last week due to danger posed by the fire, […]

Continue reading