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Graphic for prescribed burn at the Fort Wainwright Small Arms Complex starting on April 18, 2019.

BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn east of Fairbanks

Smoke may be visible from the Richardson Highway directly east of Fairbanks while the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), implement a prescribed fire plan for the Small Arms Complex between the Fort Wainwright Main Post and the Tanana River starting this week. Prescribed burning will begin as […]

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Graphic for a prescribed fire advisory for the Yukon Training Area starting on April 10.

BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn near North Pole

The BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will implement prescribed fires in the Yukon Training Area (YTA) located between 5-25 miles east of North Pole. Prescribed burning will begin as early as April 7 and may continue through May 31 as weather conditions allow. Smoke may be […]

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State Forestry burn permits required starting April 1

With drier spring and summer weather fast approaching, the Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents they must get a permit before burning debris in the open or in burn barrels, starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Debris burning and the use of burn barrels are the leading cause of wildland fires […]

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Photo of a firefighter using a drip torch to light grass on fire to burn off dead grass on military lands in the Donnelly Training Area in April 2016.

BLM AFS, USARAK to conduct prescribed burn near Delta Junction

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will implement prescribed fires in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) east of the Delta River three to 15 miles south of Delta Junction and west of the Delta River about 15 miles southwest of Delta Junction. Prescribed […]

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State Forestry releases schedule of statewide firefighter training classes

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding wildland firefighting training classes at different locations around the state in April and May. The classes are for veteran firefighters who already have a Red Card, as well as rookie firefighters looking to begin a career in wildland firefighting. Classes are scheduled at Area Forestry offices in […]

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2019 EFF Spring Training graphic

2019 EFF training set for BLM AFS Galena and Tanana zones

The schedule for federal emergency firefighter (EFF) training for the 2019 fire season has been set for the Galena and Tanana Fire Management Zones. Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will facilitate RT-130 Fireline Refresher Training and the Work Capacity Test (pack test) in 24 villages in rural Alaska starting with Grayling on March 25. Villages in […]

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Fire & Ice: BLM AFS, USARAK kick off 2019 prescribed fire season

Conducting a prescribed burn operation doesn’t typically involve the use of ice bridges and snowmachines. Unless it’s in Alaska. BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska kicked off their 2019 prescribed fire season on Feb. 18 by burning woody debris piles in the remote Donnelly Training Area south and west of Delta Junction. The […]

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Graphic for pile burning in the Donnelly Training Area in the spring.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, USARAK to burn debris piles on military land near Delta Junction

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will burn piles of woody debris in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) south and west of Delta Junction. Burning operations will start as early as Sunday, February 17 and may continue, as conditions allow, until Sunday, March […]

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Photo of Emergency firefighter candidates learning how to dig line during BLM AFS rookie school in May 2018.

Last of BLM AFS villages scheduled for EFF medical exam visits

The remaining villages have been scheduled for visits by a mobile medical unit conducting exams on federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. Barring any rescheduled dates due to weather, this should be the last schedule for the 28 Alaska villages identified for the mobile medical units visits. The village, date and location for mobile […]

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Photo of rookie firefighters learning to organize as a crew during BLM AFS rookie school in May 2016.

More villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule, others rescheduled due to weather

More villages were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska and others have been rescheduled after weather-caused cancellations. The changes to the schedule are (click on links for exam request forms): Tanana: rescheduled for Jan. 7 (exam request form – mooseheart crew) Arctic Village: cancelled due […]

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