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Round up of Alaska wildland fires

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and patchy cloud cover has moderated fire behavior on the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires burning west of Fairbanks. The 144 personnel assigned to the two fires have completed a pump and hose lay for an indirect fireline, continue with their mop up of firelines around the cabins […]

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Alaska firefighters wrapping up work on several wildland fires

Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters continue work on six staffed wildfires across Alaska. Cooler, wetter weather has moderated fire activity around the state allowing work to be completed on several of the fires. Here is a round up of the staffed fires currently in Alaska: Mooseheart Fire (#204) and Zitziana […]

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Smokejumpers check each other's equipment before boarding an airplane bound for the William Slough Fire (#220) Saturday afternoon. Four smokejumpers parachuted in for point protection while the other four returned to the Alaska Smokejumper base at BLM AFS facilities on Fort Wainwright. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Firefighters continue to wrap things up on fires as conditions moderate

Fire activity has moderated throughout much of Alaska thanks to a combination of decreased lightning activity and scattered showers in many places. While some places received wetting rain, others, such as Central Interior Alaska, remain dry and will likely stay that way for the next few days. BLM Alaska Fire Service staff are keeping an […]

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Use caution with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t let the slow start to Alaska’s wildland fire season fool you – it’s a matter of when, not if, we will experience wildfires. Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire managers remind Alaskans and visitors alike to exercise caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend. Despite a mild start […]

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Aggressive initial attack calms wildfire near Nikolaevsk on Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are making good progress containing a wildfire near the village of Nikolaevsk on the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula. The fire, estimated at 5 acres, was reported at approximately 4 p.m. off Bolotna Road. The fire was burning in grass and heavy slash […]

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State forestry responding to wildfire off Tanana Loop Extension in Delta Junction

Firefighters from the Division of Forestry and local fire departments are battling a wind-driven wildfire in the Delta Junction area that was caused by a tree falling on a powerline. The North Eielson Fire was reported to the Division Forestry office in Delta at about 1:15 p.m. Friday off Tanana Loop Extension northeast of Delta […]

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Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week is May 13-19

With the winter snow pack nearly gone and the arrival of warmer, drier conditions around Alaska, it’s time to start thinking about wildland fire season. To that end, Governor Bill Walker has declared May 13-19 as Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week and is asking Alaskans to do their part to prevent wildfires and prepare for them. […]

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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the location of the 31 active fires in Alaska as of Sept. 15, 2017.

Forestry works on new fire near Nenana

Fairbanks Area Forestry firefighters are working on a small fire burning along the Tanana River 15 miles downriver from Nenana. The new fire is one of 31 active fires in Alaska and underscores the continued potential for new fires especially as the fall weather dries out dead and decaying fuels, making them susceptible to new […]

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Two new fires keep firefighters busy in Copper River Basin Thursday

A Division of Forestry heliattack crew, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes rushed to aggressively attack a wildfire burning 17 miles east of Lake Louise Thursday evening. It was the second fire of the day for Copper River Area Forestry. A private aircraft reported the fire to the Tok […]

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Members of the BLM Alaska Fire Service's training crew, the North Star Fire Crew, hand two sack lunches to each firefighter boarding a jet bound for Missoula, Montana on Aug. 11, 2017. Photo by Beth Ipsen//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Jet load of crews head south to help with busy fire season

A mixture of young and veteran Alaska firefighters left BLM Alaska Fire Service facilities at Fort Wainwright Friday morning to help with the busy fire season in the Lower 48. Three emergency firefighter crews from Upper Kalskag, Selawik and Noorvik plus the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew were handed two sack lunches and boarded […]

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