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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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A BLM Alaska Fire Service dumped eight buckets full of water on the Middle Nenana River Fire (#388) Tuesday night to help contain the fire burning a mile west of Nenana. Photo courtesy Brian Charlie.

DOF firefighters contain fire near Nenana after locals use bucket brigade to douse flames

Local residents formed a bucket brigade to knock down a wildfire they found burning next to the Middle Tanana River near Nenana yesterday. Five residents, including a couple of men with past wildland firefighting experience, worked on the fire until an BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) helicopter and Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) firefighters […]

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Crews continue to seek out hot spots on Chistochina River Fire

Crews continue mopping up the Chistochina River Fire (#381). They secured at least 50 feet in from the fire’s perimeter yesterday. The goal is to ensure the entire 98 acre fire is mopped up and all hot spots are extinguished. This should be enough work to keep the remaining crews busy until early next week. […]

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Firefighters, scoopers continue work on Chistochina Fire

Firefighters and water-scoopers jumped into action Saturday morning to catch spot fires from the Chistochina River Fire (#381). On Friday, firefighters on the ground and the four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes stopped the fire 75-100 yards from nearby homes and the highway. Today, Fire Boss aircraft dropped water from the air while firefighters used hose […]

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Tanana Zone reports three new fires discovered Sunday

There were three new fires discovered Sunday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) Tanana fire management zone, an area that roughly covers land from the Colville River on the North Slope, south through Ruby to Denali National Park and Preserve, and east to the Dalton Highway. All three were lightning-caused fires from thunderstorms […]

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The Call of the Wild Fire (#242) burned on the northwest side of Big Lake. Forestry firefighters are working on mopping up the fire today. Photo by Renette Saba//Alaska Division of Forestry

Forestry firefighters stop Big Lake fire

Alaska Division of Forestry crews worked late into the night and early Sunday morning to contain a fire near Big Lake. Six DOF firefighters stayed overnight on the fire – named after the nearby Call of the Wild Road – and picked up where they left off at 7 a.m. to get the 3.8 acre […]

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Prescribed Burns Planned for Delta Junction State Bison Range

The prescribed burns planned for the Delta Junction State Bison Range are expected to begin on Saturday, April 22. Weather and wind conditions will be monitored, along with the moisture in the grass fields. Two weather stations at the respective field complexes help managers determine when to ignite the fields. Also, through close coordination with […]

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New burn permits required starting April 1

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Burn permits are required annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn […]

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