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Photo of the Any Creek Fire on June 13, 2020.

Evacuation warning lessened as Any Creek Fire calms

9 p.m. update (last update for June 13, 2020): Due to moderated fire behavior, the evacuation order for the O’Connor Creek Subdivision, which includes Hattie Creek Road, Resolution Road, Determination Drive, and Adit Lane, has been improved to a Level 1: Ready. This means residents should still be ready in case fire activity because Any […]

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Map of Alaska showing fire and lightning strikes for June 4, 2020.

Lightning continues to ignite fires in Western Alaska

Lightning continues to sweep across Alaska and is blamed for leaving at least 57 new fires in its wake since Saturday. Most these new fires are in Western Alaska including the 15 new fires Wednesday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone that covers the northwestern section of the state. Most of the new […]

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Lightning ignites at least 15 fires across Alaska this weekend

Firefighters and aircraft were are busy Sunday working on two lightning-caused fires burning within 25 miles of Unlakleet with more firefighters slated to joint the effort after lightning became a big factor in new fire starts in Alaska this weekend. Lightning is suspected of causing more than 15 new fires in Alaska this weekend.  There […]

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State permits will be required for burning, starting April 1

With Alaska’s wildfire season officially starting on April 1, the Division of Forestry reminds Alaskans that they must have a current burn permit from the division to burn debris or use burn barrels anywhere in the state. Debris that can be burned includes organic material such as leaves, brush, grass, clippings, untreated wood, paper and […]

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E.T. Collinsworth is a medic on the Hadweenzic River Fire east end. Photo by Geoff Liesk, Alaska Interagency Fire Information Center

Alaska Fire Medic program: Taking care of firefighters in the field

Wildland firefighters face all kinds of hazards during fire season. When firefighters fall ill or get injured, getting them needed medical care is not a matter of simply calling 911. The nearest hospital is often a 300-mile flight away, pushing medical care to another level of urgency in Alaska. Something as simple as a blister […]

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Psychological First Aid

September 5, 2019 3:00 p.m. swanlakefire We want to give a big shout out to the folks from National Crisis Response Canines on the Kenai Peninsula for getting up really early to visit our fire camp near Sterling yesterday. And to make sure their four-footed-furry friends did not go home without enough belly rubs, they […]

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More rain means less wildfire activity in Bristol Bay region

Rain continued to put a damper on wildfires burning in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska on Monday. Cooler, wetter weather has brought rain to most of the fires still burning and smoldering in Southwest Alaska, helping to moderate fire activity. Nearly an inch of rain has fallen at the King Salmon airport in […]

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Rain brings new challenges for firefighters

Rain showers moved over the Deshka Landing Fire yesterday bringing gusty southerly winds. With suppression activities in place and damp weather conditions, fire behavior has remained minimal but isolated sources of heat persist.  Firefighters continued to methodically search out and extinguish the fire burning under the surface in the southern portion of the fire.  Crews […]

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Caribou Lake Fire Update – August 27, 2019

The Caribou Lake Fire received some rain on Monday; however, the ongoing drought conditions have caused the vegetation and ground to remain excessively dry. Crews continued to work toward 100 percent containment on the fire. Thermal infrared detection indicated that significant heat signatures are over 48 hours old. The fire remained at 900 acres and […]

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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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