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Ahead of the fire

BLM AFS makes Interior villages more resilient to wildfires This year’s unusually slow fire season enabled the BLM Alaska Fire Service to start working on protecting the Interior Alaska community of Alatna from future wildfires. The BLM AFS Chena Hotshot Crew and two fire specialists constructed fire breaks on village corporation lands around Alatna this […]

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Map of the Yukon Training Area Moose Creek Project Area

North Star Fire Crew to burn woody debris piles near Eielson AFB

Starting as early as Monday, the BLM Alaska Fire Service North Star Fire Crew will burn piles of woody debris created to reduce the risk of wildfire on military training lands near Eielson Air Force Base. This effort is a collaboration between the BLM AFS and the U.S. Army Alaska. As conditions allow, the burning could continue through August. 

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Alaska crews head south to help fight Lower 48 wildfires

Three Alaska wildland firefighting crews headed to the Lower 48 on Friday to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in the western United States. The three crews – the BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun and Chena interagency hotshot crews and the Alaska Division of Forestry White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew – boarded a […]

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Firefighters snuff out small wildfire near Tustumena Lake on Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Kenai/Kodiak Area forestry station are mopping up a small wildfire that was reported Tuesday afternoon near Tustumena Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. The Border Lake Fire (#348) is estimated at ½  acre and is located about 3 ½ miles southwest of Tustumena Lake and approximately 6 miles east of Clam Gulch and […]

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Graphic showing 2019-2020 comparisons for Duff Moisture Content.

Alaska’s fire season shaping up to be a low year

Alaska is now past its historical peak of the wildland fire season and current and forecasted conditions are pointing to a below-normal fire season for the state, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s Predictive Services desk.

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Photo of Sheenjek Fire burning north of Fort Yukon on July 7, 2020. Photo by Chris Demers, BLM AFS.

Midnight Sun Hotshots mobilizing for fire north of Fort Yukon

The BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun Hotshots are mobilizing to protect a Native allotment from the Sheenjek Fire (#296) burning about 46 miles north of Fort Yukon. While other fires throughout Alaska remain dormant, the Sheenjek Fire recently came to life and grew substantially over the past few days, causing smoke to drift into Venetie about 37 miles to the west.

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Rain allows cautious, permitted burning to resume on Kenai Peninsula

Moderating weather and increased precipitation on the Kenai Peninsula have prompted the Alaska Division of Forestry to lift the two-month long burn permit suspension as of 8 a.m. today, opening the way for cautious, permitted burning. Concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could make it impossible to rely on Lower 48 firefighting resources this summer led […]

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Mat-Su firefighters quickly douse wildfire started by fireworks near Wasilla

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Central Mat-Su Fire Department quickly snuffed out a small brush fire started by fireworks on Friday night near Wasilla. The one-half acre fire, off Lucy Creek Circle, was reported at approximately 9 p.m. The fire was located in a grass field with a subdivision nearby. The initial […]

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Remain vigilant to prevent wildfires this Fourth of July weekend

Despite above-average rainfall in June that tempered wildfire activity across much of Alaska the last two weeks, state wildland fire managers are urging the public to use caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over Independence Day weekend. A high-pressure ridge is expected to build over the state beginning today and persist through […]

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Mushroom pickers discover hot spot from last summer’s Shovel Creek Fire

Mushroom pickers on Thursday discovered a small hot spot that overwintered from last summer’s Shovel Creek Fire northwest of Fairbanks. The mushroom pickers notified the Alaska Division of Forestry at 3:30 p.m. and flagged a trail to the hot spot so two prevention officers could locate it. The hot spot was located about one-quarter of […]

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