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Hazardous Trees along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/12/19

Current Situation:  The two spot fires from the #HessCreekFire that crossed the Elliott Highway on Tuesday grew by five additional acres by the time firefighters finished constructing line Thursday evening. Suppression efforts were impeded by hazardous trees, which continued to fall across the fire line. Firefighters not engaged in full suppression of these spots on […]

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Wildfire smoke as seen from Mile 2 Chena Hot Springs Road on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Know the health risks of wildfire smoke and take precautions during air advisories

Smoke produced by several active wildfires has resulted in air quality advisories for many regions of the state in recent weeks, including Southeast, Southwest, Southcentral, Central and the Eastern Interior of Alaska. Alaskans should check for air quality advisories on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Air Quality Advisories/Episodes web page (or sign up […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone Activity Hampered by Smoke

Widespread smoke challenged firefighters yesterday by limiting their use of aircraft and making fuels less conducive to burnout operations. Fires are still growing in size, but at a slower rate than that seen over the past few days. Firefighting resources remain stretched thin in the Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone, which covers the eastern Interior, […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone Sees Increase In Fire Activity

Several fires throughout the eastern Interior are showing extreme fire behavior with the warm temperatures and very dry fuels. Fires are growing in size and persist in spreading smoke across the region. The Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone, which covers the eastern interior, continues to experience above normal fire conditions and resources to respond to […]

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Smoke Blankets Upper Yukon Fire Zone

The Upper Yukon continues to experience above normal fire conditions and resources to respond to new fires are stretched thin. One new fire was reported. The Mich Fire (#452) is in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The fire is smoldering in an old burn scar in a Limited Management area, where fire is allowed to function […]

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Upper Yukon: Hotter, Drier Weather is Here to Stay for a While

With continued high temperatures and very dry fuels, the Upper Yukon is likely to see new fire starts and significant growth on existing fires for the next several days. As ongoing fires become more active, they will likely be increasingly challenging to manage. Fire activity is expected to remain high through most of July and […]

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Upper Yukon Sees Highest Threat for Increased Fire Activity

Upper Yukon Sees Highest Threat for Increased Fire Activity Today’s holiday is the last day of cooler weather across the Interior. The Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone, along with Southcentral Alaska, has the highest threat for active fire spread and intense burning. The area is hot, dry and ready to burn, setting the stage for […]

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Higher Temperatures Expected to Bring Dangerous Wildfire Conditions

While the Upper Yukon Fire Zone has had cooler temperatures in recent days, weather patterns are expected to return to hotter and drier conditions for the rest of the week. As temperatures rise, the Upper Yukon will likely see dangerous wildfire conditions. With many active fires in the area and more new ignitions expected, firefighting […]

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Smoke Forecast for 7-1-19

CENTRAL/EASTERN INTERIOR: Light winds from the west will continue to transport smoke to the east-northeast. The amount of smoke generated and impacts should be reduced today due to the rain. SOUTHCENTRAL: The southerly winds seen Sunday will be replaced by northwest winds, sweeping smoke out of the Anchorage bowl and southern Mat-Su valley. The mornings may start to see smoke flow […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: As Expected, Significant Increase in Fire Activity

Several fires in the Upper Yukon Fire Zone saw a significant increase in fire activity on Saturday.  This increase did not come as a surprise for the firefighters. Many days of hot, dry weather caused by a high pressure weather system that has covered much of the state created the perfect fuel conditions for fire […]

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