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Local responders to Aniak plane crash praised; injured state forestry personnel recovering

Three of the four Division of Forestry employees injured in a plane crash in the Western Alaska village of Aniak on Thursday are recovering in Anchorage hospitals today while the fourth has been treated and released. The three individuals still hospitalized suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition. The pilot was […]

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Photos of firefighters in a field with smoke.

Wildfire threat reduced on more than 68,000 acres of military training lands in Interior Alaska

Prescribed burning to reduce the threat of wildfire on military training lands in Interior Alaska was completed with approximately 30,000 acres burned to treat more than 68,000 acres.

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Firefighters stop spread of wildfire started by burning motorhome near Soldotna

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Kenai/Kodiak station were able to halt the spread of a small wildfire that was started when a motorhome caught fire Thursday afternoon near Soldotna. Firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 3:45 p.m. when it began to spread into the surrounding wildlands near Longmere Lake on Penny […]

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Four Division of Forestry employees survive plane crash in Aniak

UPDATE 7:45 p.m. – All four Division of Forestry employees that were injured in the crash have been medevaced to Anchorage with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Three of the individuals were medevaced to Alaska Native Medical Center and the fourth was transferred to Providence Alaska Medical Center. ORIGNAL POST Four Alaska Division of Forestry […]

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Rain brings end to burn suspension, except on Kenai Peninsula

With widespread weekend rain reducing wildfire danger across much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry is rescinding its near-statewide burn permit suspension everywhere except on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately. The burn suspension will remain in effect on state, private and municipal lands on the Kenai Peninsula throughout June, prohibiting burning of brush […]

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Photo of the Trout Fire near Eagle.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve has its first wildfire of the 2020 season

On Friday, May 22 the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Tok contacted the BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS) Dispatch with a pilot’s report of new smoke in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. AFS conducted a reconnaissance that day and confirmed the Trout Creek Fire (#098) was approximately 150 acres with a 30% active perimeter. AFS […]

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Dry conditions prompt wildfire safety warnings for Memorial Day weekend

With extremely dry conditions persisting across much of Alaska, wildland fire managers are asking the public to be mindful of the potential for wildfires during Memorial Day weekend. “For many Alaskans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” Alaska Division of Forestry Wildland Fire & Aviation Program Manager Norm McDonald said. “We know […]

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Map included in Fire Prevention Order

BLM issues fire restrictions for federal lands near Steese Highway NOAA Facility

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on May 14 issued a Fire Prevention Order prohibiting campfires, explosives and fireworks on federal lands in a fire-prone area of black spruce off of Gilmore Trail north of Fairbanks and north of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility site on the Steese Highway. This […]

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Moose Meadows Fire 100 percent contained; crews continuing mopping up

The 56-acrew Moose Meadows Fire north of Wasilla was declared 100 percent contained as of 8:10 p.m. Sunday and crews are continuing mop-up operations today. More than 50 firefighters, including both the Pioneer Peak Hotshot Crew and Gannett Glacier Fire Crew, are working to seek out and extinguish any hot spots found inside the perimeter […]

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Crews hoping for full containment of 56-acre Moose Meadows Fire today

Firefighters worked until 11 p.m. Saturday and were back at it at 8 a.m. Sunday as they work to contain a wildfire approximately 6 miles north of Wasilla. The size of the Moose Meadows Fire increased from 42 to 56 acres overnight but it was a result of better mapping more than fire growth. The […]

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