The Division’s wildfire protection program has grown exponentially. Today, more than 90 percent of the Division’s budget is spent on protecting the life and property of Alaskans from wildfire.
AK Fire Info
Alaskans looking to start a career in wildland firefighting don’t have to wait until spring to take a class that will qualify them to work this summer. The Alaska Division of Forestry is piloting a new basic wildland firefighting (Red… Read More ›
How Alaska smokejumper ingenuity led to the development of a tool widely used by Alaska wildland firefighters.
BLM AFS Type 2 contract crews are predominately made up of Alaska Natives whose families have spent generations working on emergency firefighting hand crews in Alaska, supplementing agency employee crews.
BLM Alaska’s Jenn Jenkins receives global award for creation of widely used online fire information maps
BLM Alaska GIS Specialist Jennifer Jenkins received the Esri Special Achievement in geographic information systems (GIS) award this summer for creating mobile-friendly online dashboards that provide near real-time information about wildfires in Alaska and maps that deliver more in-depth information than before in the Alaska Wildland Fire Information Map Series.
Fairbanks Area Forestry to burn hundreds of slash piles near Cripple Creek, Goldstream AK subdivisions
Weather permitting, the DOF’s Fairbanks Area Forestry office will start burning on October 4 and be done by October 29, said fire management officer Gordon Amundson. There are approximately 2,500 to 3,000 slash piles, each about 10 feet around and four feet tall. Local residents may see smoke from the burning.
Suppression repair work began September 1 and should be completed by October 1. A single excavator is being used to complete most of the suppression repair, which primarily consists of rehabilitating approximately 5 miles of dozer lines.
Smoke may be visible from woody debris pile burning on the Yukon Training Area east of North Pole and Donnelly Training Area near Delta Junction.
The BLM Alaska Fire Service is wrapping up work on a pair of Yukon Flats fire this week as the days get shorter, cooler and wetter. With work reaching completion, equipment and firefighting personnel will be pulled from both the Marten Creek Fire (#386) and the Discovery Creek Fire (#388) on Wednesday.
Firefighters quickly contained a pair of new wildfires near Delta Junction over the weekend proving that the wildfire season lingers in some parts of Eastern Alaska.