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An aerial photo of the Steeple Fire burning east of Eagle River on Monday, August 12, 2019. Firefighters from the Mat-Su Area Forestry are hiking into the fire, which is located near Mount Baldy, about one-half mile from Steeple Drive. Photo by Mat-Su Area helitack.

State forestry responding to small wildfire east of Eagle River near Mount Baldy

UPDATE 4 p.m. An air tanker has successfully boxed in the Steeple Fire with a retardant drop and another tanker drop of a water-enhanced suppressant called BlazeTamer was dropped directly on the fire to knock down the flames. Both drops were effective in calming fire behavior. A helicopter is continuing to make water drops on […]

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Public should be aware of potential hazards in Shovel Creek Fire area

The Alaska Division of Forestry in Fairbanks has received multiple reports from the public about fire activity in the Shovel Creek Fire area northwest of Fairbanks in recent days. The state forestry office wants to remind the public that it remains an active fire and will continue to exhibit minimal fire activity even with all […]

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Bringing You Right to the Front Lines of the Upper Yukon Flats Backhaul Operations

Bringing You Right to the Front Lines of the Backhaul Operation: Fireline Video from Chalkyitsik Alaska

This one minute video brings you right to the front lines of the Forward Operating Base of the 2019 Upper Yukon Flats wildfires. As fire crews have met their objectives of ensuring the protection of the Gwich’in villages of Beaver, Venetie and Chalkyitsik – along with numerous private cabins and Native allotments – the operation […]

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Smoke observed by firefighters in the Mystery Creek drainage during a monitoring flight of the Swan Lake Fire on Friday, August 9, 2019. Photo by Nick Adamson/Alaska Division of Forestry

Swan Lake Fire responds to warm, dry weather with increased smoke

The Swan Lake Fire (#181) burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on the northern Kenai Peninsula has responded to the warm, dry weather of this past week with increased activity and smoke in the Mystery and Thurman Creek drainages on the northeast corner of the fire. Containment lines continue to hold but more smoke […]

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Upper Yukon Flats Fire August 10 Update with Karen Scholl

Video Update with Operations Chief Karen Scholl for All Upper Yukon Fires August 10 2019

Firefighters have completed the majority of suppression work securing cabins and the Gwich’in villages of Chalkyitsik, Beaver and Venetie. However, mop up, back haul and demobilization processes take time and numerous aviation assets and a temporary flight restriction (TFR) has been put in place over the fire area. Pilots should check with the Federal Aviation […]

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Take a storyboard tour with over 50 of the “best of” photos from the 2019 Cornucopia Complex wildfires

#CornucopiaComplex Take a tour with over 50 “best of” photos from the front lines of the 2019 Cornucopia Complex wildfires. See pictures of fire crews and personnel as they hike through swamps, patrol and mop up firelines, travel up rivers and fly in helicopters. Hundreds of firefighters worked throughout the summer to ensure the protection […]

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Village of Chalkyitsik, Alaska August 8th 2019

Video Update For for All Fires in the Upper Yukon Area Covering August 8-11, 2019

Watch this 5 minute video update on the status of the fire suppression, mop up and back haul for all of the fires in the Cornucopia and Chalkyitsik Complexes with Operations Chief Karen Scholl and Information Officer Kale Casey. This video is a part of our “Break it Down” series, where we bring you the […]

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Behind the Scenes in Galena – Alaska Fire Service

Known for its rugged independence, the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Fire Management Zone supports all BLM AFS efforts across 93 million acres in western Alaska – an area roughly the size of Montana. Located 400 river miles and 271 air miles from Fairbanks, the zone operates primarily on boat and air transportation for both […]

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Helicopter Lands to Pick Up Fire Crews

Three Day Update for All Fires in the Upper Yukon Area August 8-11, 2019

Firefighters continue to make significant progress securing and strengthening lines on multiple wildfires across the Upper Yukon Flats on Wednesday. The highest priority for all fire personnel has been ensuring the protection of the Gwich’in villages of Chalkyitsik, Beaver and Venetie.   Constructed containment lines that have been made by hand line, dozer line and […]

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Upper Yukon Fires: Through the Eyes of a Tanana Chiefs Initial Attack Crew Firefighter

Take a visual tour of the fires in the Upper Yukon Flats are through the eyes of Levi Tucker, a Tok, Alaska based firefighter with the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Type 2 Initial Attack fire crew. Levi and his crew worked their 14 day assignment in numerous locations on the 501,629 acre Chalkyitsik Complex and […]

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