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BLM Alaska Fire Service emergency firefighters learn how to grid, meaning searching an area in a straight line, to find hot spots during rookie training in 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule

The villages of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Selawik, Minto and Tanana were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. The additions to the schedule are (click on links for request forms): Selawik: Dec. 3 (Deadline to turn in Exam Request Form – Kobuk River form […]

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Map of burn piles slated for burning starting as early as Friday. The burn piles are located south of Delta Junction.

BLM AFS, U.S. Army to burn debris piles on military lands south of Delta Junction

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will be burning piles of woody debris on the Donnelly Training Area south of Delta Junction and the Gerstle River Training Area southeast of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start as early as Friday, Oct. 26 and […]

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Photo of federal emergency firefighters candidates going through rookie training provided by BLM Alaska Fire Service in the spring of 2018.

AFS emergency firefighters to undergo medical exams starting in November

The BLM Alaska Fire Service, in partnership with the Department of Interior Medical Standards Program (DOI MSP), will soon deliver medical exams to federal emergency firefighters. The goal of the exams is to increase safety by identifying pre-existing conditions that could be aggravated by the arduous duty of wildland firefighting. The medical exams will be […]

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Map of burn piles that are targeted for burning sometime between Sept. 27 and Oct. 31, 2018.

BLM AFS, USARAK to burn debris piles on military lands

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 on the Fort Wainwright Main Post and the Yukon Training Area east of Fairbanks. Burning operations will start as early as Thursday, Sept. 27 and may continue, as conditions allow, until […]

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Yukon Koyukuk Crew Boss William "Papa" Penn leads four Type 2 emergency firefighter crews out on the tarmac to board a plan bound for the Lower 48 on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2017. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS.

EFF crews head south to help with busy fire season

Four Type 2 Emergency Firefighter crews said goodbye to Alaska and its cloudy, rainy skies Sunday morning and headed to the heat of the Lower 48 to help with a busy fire season. The crews from Fairbanks and numerous rural villages boarded a plane bound for Spokane, Wash. where they will then be bussed to […]

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Fire activity on Taixtsalda Hill Fire wanes with cooler, wetter weather; downsizing to begin today

Cloudy, cooler weather continues to help moderate fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire burning southeast of Tok. The fire, which started on July 23, is now estimated at 27,194 acres in size, an increase of 5,194 acres. However, the increase in acreage is due to better mapping rather than increased fire activity, according to […]

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Type 2 EFF crews to mobilize to help fight fires in Lower 48

Four Type 2 Emergency Firefighter crews will mobilize to the Lower 48 on Sunday to help with the busy fire season. The crews with 19 firefighters apiece from Fairbanks and rural villages will board a plane in Fairbanks on Sunday bound for Idaho before being assigned to wildland fires in the area. As it has […]

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Cooler, cloudier weather helps slow fire growth on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Cloudy and cooler weather helped moderate fire behavior and growth on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) on Thursday. The fire is now 22,000 acres in size, an increase of only 15 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles […]

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Efforts to protect property and cabins continue on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was active on Wednesday, with several smoke columns visible from the Alaska Highway. The fire is now 21,985 acres in size, an increase of 1,485 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of Northway and 38 miles southeast of […]

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Wetter, colder weather on the way for many BLM AFS fires

After another hot and dry spell that stoked fire activity on existing fires, a cooler and wetter weather has moved into most of the state that will hopefully help moderate fire behavior and help firefighters working on BLM Alaska Fire Service’s staffed fires. The Eastern Interior parts of the state may miss most of the […]

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