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Winds challenge fire crews and send smoke to Dalton Highway

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  11,665 acres Containment: 30% Total Personnel: 294   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – An earlier than usual wind shift during a burn out operation on the Isom Creek Fire (#187) brought heavy smoke over the Dalton Highway near milepost 46 late Friday […]

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Dense smoke on Dalton Highway

EVENING UPDATE (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – A change in the wind direction and an increase in fire activity this evening is pushing smoke from the Isom Creek Fire (#187) over the Dalton Highway reducing visibility on the road between mileposts 34-46. Firefighters and Forestry engines will be controlling traffic into the night until it is safe […]

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Critical fire weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,844 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 275   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Westerly winds continued to help and hinder firefighters on the Isom Creek Fire Thursday. Winds pushed the fire away from the Dalton Highway, allowing firefighting crews to continue increasing […]

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Warm, dry weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,618 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 300   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Southwest winds pushed the Isom Creek Fire away from the Dalton Highway allowing firefighting crews to secure and improve their firelines along the highway and Hovercraft Road. Firefighters were […]

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Southcentral smoke forecast for August 24

Special Statement The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory in effect through Monday afternoon for the Susitna Valley, Kenai Peninsula, and now includes the Copper River Valley. Fire Southcentral Alaska is being impacted by the smoke from multiple wildfires in the surrounding area. A listing of activity for specific fires […]

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CORNUCOPIA COMPLEX -Update for August 1, 2019

Backhaul has begun in earnest on the Cornucopia Complex. Firefighters are working to pack up equipment like hose, fittings, sprinklers and pumps, as well as miscellaneous items like trash and food boxes, and get it all sent back to Fairbanks before predicted, rainy weather. Once returned, equipment is cleaned and refurbished for the next fire. […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/30-7/31: Warming trend brings more smoke to Interior

Fire activity may increase today in Tanana Valley, driven by several days of warmer, drier weather. Many areas of the state continue to experience drought conditions. Upper Yukon Valley fires remain active, with no wetting rain received in Fort Yukon or Chalkyitzik. Fairbanks and Denali National Park are expected to have good to moderate smoke […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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Smoke Outlook: 7/28-7/29: Expect haze in Denali National Park, Mat-Su and Susitna Valleys

While fire activity remains minimal due to rains and higher relative humidity across the state, lightning from widespread thunderstorms could result in new fires in the Upper Yukon Valley due to drought conditions that persist there. Overnight haze will occur in areas around active fires, including Fairbanks. This afternoon and Monday, Denali National Park and […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/27-7/28: Upper Yukon still impacted

While the rest of the state has experienced relief from smoke impacts, along with cooler temperatures and higher humidity, Fort Yukon and the surrounding area remains warm and dry with more lightning expected. Fire potential likewise remains high there and smoke impacts are expected to continue. Air quality remains good in southern Alaska, and smoke […]

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