If pilots cannot see, they cannot fly. Visibility for all aerial operations is crucial to mission success and safety. Due to more than 200 wildland fires burning across Alaska, smoky conditions are becoming more and more of a hindrance for… Read More ›
The 40,000-acre Hog Butte Fire burning about 30 miles southwest of Lake Michumina and several fires in Southwest Alaska have produced the bulk of the smoke blanketing much of Alaska. The Hog Butte Fire is one of eight staffed in… Read More ›
Smoke influx update with insights from McGrath on the Aghaluk Mountain Fire and Submarine Creek Fire: “A lightning storm on June 6th started numerous fires in southwest Alaska. Most of the fires are fairly small, but there are 50 wildfires… Read More ›
The Contact Creek Fire (#151) burning 40 miles southeast of King Salmon is being monitored by National Park Service and DOF personnel as it burns in a limited area in Katmai National Park & Preserve. The suspected cause is lightning…. Read More ›
The fire burned up to and around the cabin but firefighters arrived in time to extinguish the flames before they ignited the cabin.
A wave of lightning moved across the northwestern part of the state Tuesday afternoon, triggering about a dozen new fires from Galena north to the Noatak River Valley. Some of the new fires drew quick response from smokejumpers, water-scooping aircraft and another aircraft to help coordinate the suppression efforts and relaying situational information back to BLM AFS Galena Zone fire managers in Galena.
Smoke from two large lightning-caused tundra fires burning north of Kotzebue is impacting surrounding villages to the south. The Noatak River Fire (#232) burning in the Noatak National Preserve 120 miles northeast of Kotzebue grew significantly over the past few… Read More ›
Containment on the George Lake Fire burning approximately 40 miles southeast of Delta Junction increased to 70 percent on Saturday and the hotshot crew working the 6-acre fire estimates full containment in the next two days. The lightning-caused fire, which… Read More ›
Firefighters working to contain the About Mountain Fire near McGrath continue to take advantage of cooler and wetter weather in Southwest Alaska to meet their objectives. Crews increased containment on the 2,135-acre fire burning along the Kuskokwim River 6 miles… Read More ›
Firefighters made major progress Friday in containing a small wildfire burning near George Lake approximately 40 miles southeast of Delta Junction. The George Lake Fire was reported to be 50% contained as of late Friday night and the estimated fire… Read More ›