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Comments sought on preliminary assessment of program to reduce the risk of wildfires in East-Central Alaska

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments through May 15 on its programmatic environmental assessment for reducing the risk of wildfires on public lands it manages in east-central Alaska.

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Burning planned on Donnelly Training Area to reduce wildfire threat near Delta Junction

Starting as early as Saturday, BLM AFS and USARAK will implemented prescribed fire in the DTA to reduce the wildfire threat near Delta Junction. Rx burns are fires that are intentionally set under controlled conditions to remove dry and dead grass and to lower the risk that wildfires could impact nearby communities.

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State Forestry monitoring hot spots that overwintered from Deshka Landing Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring several hot spots from last summer’s Deshka Landing Fire near Willow that have been reported over the course of the winter. The first reports of smoke and smoldering were provided by trail groomers in January and DOF has received additional reports of smoke and smoldering in the same […]

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Grass fire started by discarded cigarette near Homer illustrates dry conditions on southern Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small grass fire near Homer on Wednesday that was ignited by a discarded cigarette butt. It was the first wildfire of the season on the Kenai Peninsula and illustrates how dry conditions are on the southern Peninsula around Homer, which […]

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Forestry to suspend all burn permits starting May 1 due to COVID-19

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer. The use of burn barrels, the burning of debris piles, and any other outdoor burning activity authorized under […]

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State Forestry releases 2020 Red Card and Refresher class schedules

The Alaska Division of Forestry has released its schedule of Basic Firefighter and Fireline Safety Refresher classes for the 2020 wildland fire season. Anyone interested in working as a Division of Forestry wildland firefighter or any support roles associated with wildland firefighting must possess an Incident Qualification Card, commonly called a Red Card, in accordance with the […]

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BLM to burn large brush pile north of Coldfoot next week

The Bureau of Land Management’s Central Yukon Field Office, with the help of the BLM Alaska Fire Service, is planning to burn a large brush pile near Mile 180 of the Dalton Highway next week. Weather conditions permitting, the tentative ignition date is November 5 but it could occur anytime between Nov. 5-20. When ignition […]

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Final Video Update from the Swan Lake Fire, October 1, 2019

Swan Lake Fire to Transition to local Kenai Kodiak Forestry Office on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 The #SwanLakeFire will transition to the local Kenai Kodiak Office tomorrow (Oct. 2, 2019) morning. This video covers the final messages from Zane Brown, Type 3 Team Incident Commander, Dan Osborn, Operations Section Chief, and Darren Finely, Plans Chief and Prevention Officer […]

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FINAL Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map-Sept 30th

Swan Lake FireFinal Update September 30, 2019   Firefighters working on the 167,164 acre Swan Lake Fire have completed the majority of suppression repair work including chipping brush piles and repairing containment lines built by dozers and crews. The Swan Lake Fire remains 90% percent contained and smoke may be visible from within the interior of the fire […]

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Sept 27-29th 2:00 PM – Three Day Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map

Three Day Update: September 27-29, 2019  Incident Command: Alaska Type 3 Organization, Zane Brown Incident Commander Size: 167,164 acres                         Containment: 90%                Personnel: 103 Due to little change in the activity of the fire, this update will reflect multiple days as well as the management plan throughout the weekend. Fire managers feel confident in […]

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