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More firefighters on the way to help with Levelock Fire

More firefighters are on the way to help efforts on the fire burning along the edge of Levelock in the Bristol Bay area. Type 2 emergency firefighter crews from Hooper Bay and Chevak are scheduled to arrive in Levelock today to help the eight smokejumpers and community members already fighting to keep the Levelock Fire […]

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Smokejumpers, villagers work to keep Levelock Fire at bay

11:40 a.m. Aug. 20, 2019 Eight Alaska smokejumpers, aided by heavy equipment and villagers, were able to secure two sections of the Levelock Fire that crossed the dozer line and encroached into the village late Monday night. As of this Tuesday, there were no structures lost in the village of Levelock. Smokejumpers estimate the fire […]

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The North Fork Fire is burning in between the Dimond Ridge Road and the North Fork Road about six miles northwest of Homer. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.

Dozer line constructed around North Fork Fire northwest of Homer

Update at 8 p.m. Firefighters are fortifying a dozer line constructed around the body of North Fork Fire burning northwest of Homer Monday evening and making sure there are no spot fires outside this containment line. The Level 1 “Ready” evacuation notice is still in place for people living along the North Fork Road north […]

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A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along the Parks Highway seen from the highway on Sunday. Photo by Maureen Clark/Alaska Division of Forestry

McKinley Fire burns at least 50 structures; Parks Highway remains closed

A dramatic increase in fire intensity on the McKinley Fire near Mile 88 of the Parks Highway on Sunday afternoon resulted in the loss of at least 50 structures as firefighters and other emergency responders worked furiously to evacuate and rescue residents threatened by the fire. A smoke plume from the McKinley Fire burning along […]

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The North Fork Road Fire (#751) is burning about 1.5 mile east of the Sterling Highway between Mile 165-164.

Firefighters aggressively fighting fire near North Fork Road in Anchor Point

Update at 10:20 p.m.: The Type 2 Initial Attack Yukon Crew is en route to join the effort to suppress the North Fork Fire. Original Information: Firefighters and aircraft are aggressively working on a fire burning near the North Fork Road in Anchor Point Sunday night. About 20 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry, […]

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How do they to it? A closer look at the Incident Command System at the Mcgrath Fire Base

The Laguna Fire of 1970 scorched more than 175,000 acres east of San Diego, California, killing 16 people and costing taxpayers $234 million. Resulting studies of the Laguna Fire and other catastrophic fires found that failures in communications and management — not a lack of resources or the tactical efforts of firefighters and first responders […]

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Swan Lake Fire not expected to spread; Suppression Repair and Backhaul ongoing

Daily Update for July 28 CURRENT SITUATION:  Fire growth has been limited to creeping and smoldering within the fire perimeter for six days. Significant rain over the past 48 hours has resulted in little smoke and better air quality. Residual heat is primarily on the interior of the fire or toward the north end, away […]

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Aerial view of the Chetaslina Fire (#606) showing burned area, green vegetation, minimal smoke, and rain in the distance.

Another Day of Showers Expected; Warmer, Drier Next Week

COPPER CENTER, AK – More rain is expected today as showers continue to move through the Copper River Basin area. An increase in rainfall expected for Friday. Recent precipitation across the south-central part of the state should moderate fire behavior. However, warmer and drier weather conditions forecast for next week will affect how much drying the […]

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Rain Quiets Fires, Temporarily

COPPER CENTER, AK – Both the Chetaslina (#606) and Long (#484) fires received precipitation over the night moderating fire behavior. More rain is forecast for Thursday, but it will likely not be enough precipitation to put out the fires. The Chetaslina and Long fires are burning deep into the ground, two to three feet in […]

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Increase in Activity for Chetaslina and Long Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – The Copper River Basin area weather provided some cloud coverage and cooler temperatures yesterday, but warmer, drier weather is expected again today and on into mid-week. In addition, strong, southerly winds are forecast which may increase the likelihood of fire spread to the north and northeast for the Chetaslina Fire (#606). […]

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