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Upper Yukon Flats Busy Fire Season Moderates – FINAL FIRE UPDATE August 13, 2019

In mid-July storms passed through the Yukon Flats with thousands of lightning strikes. Drought conditions left the trees and duff layer very dry allowing fires to grow and difficult to contain. The rest of Alaska was also experiencing an extreme fire season and resources were limited. The BLM Alaska Fire Service (AFS) requested the assistance […]

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Behind the Scenes in Galena – Alaska Fire Service

Known for its rugged independence, the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Fire Management Zone supports all BLM AFS efforts across 93 million acres in western Alaska – an area roughly the size of Montana. Located 400 river miles and 271 air miles from Fairbanks, the zone operates primarily on boat and air transportation for both […]

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CORNUCOPIA COMPLEX -Update for August 1, 2019

Backhaul has begun in earnest on the Cornucopia Complex. Firefighters are working to pack up equipment like hose, fittings, sprinklers and pumps, as well as miscellaneous items like trash and food boxes, and get it all sent back to Fairbanks before predicted, rainy weather. Once returned, equipment is cleaned and refurbished for the next fire. […]

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Firefighters remove equipment and garbage on July 27, 2019 from the Hadweenzic River Fire after it no longer needed.

Firefighters continue to hold and improve lines on Conucopia Complex fires

Beaver, Alaska – Firefighters continued the same work on Tuesday as they have for the last few days – holding and improving line already built and watching for opportunities to conduct burnout operations on Conucopia Complex fires. Burnouts remove fuel like timber and brush ahead of the fire to reduce the likelihood it will advance […]

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Map of fires from the Cornucopia Complex on July 30, 2019.

Weather to test work completed on Cornucopia Complex

Beaver, Alaska – Weather will test firelines today put in by crews on the Cornucopia Complex as the sun cures vegetation, the humidity drops to 35% and gusty winds to 20 mph blow from the west. A wind from the west is predicted to push the east end of the Hadweenzic fire to the east […]

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Photo of smoke rising through clouds above Little Mud River Fire Monday sent ash blowing 10 miles northeast to Manley.

Fire kicks up smoke in Tanana Zone; public meeting scheduled in Rampart for Thursday

Fire activity picked up on the Little Mud River Fire (#316) Monday, creating a large smoke column that sent blowing ash as far as Manley, 10 miles away. The fire is not staffed at this time, however, smokejumpers at a nearby fire are going to assess the protection needs of a cabin 4 miles from […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/30-7/31: Warming trend brings more smoke to Interior

Fire activity may increase today in Tanana Valley, driven by several days of warmer, drier weather. Many areas of the state continue to experience drought conditions. Upper Yukon Valley fires remain active, with no wetting rain received in Fort Yukon or Chalkyitzik. Fairbanks and Denali National Park are expected to have good to moderate smoke […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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Tanana Zone staffing three fires, monitoring others

The Tanana Zone has a number of fires currently in monitor status, with crews also staffing three active wildfires: Buster Creek, Little Creek and Grouse fires. Rain and higher humidities have allowed crews to make significant progress in securing all fire perimeters and begin patrolling for remaining hotspots on each fire’s interior.  Buster Creek Fire […]

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Smoke Outlook: 7/28-7/29: Expect haze in Denali National Park, Mat-Su and Susitna Valleys

While fire activity remains minimal due to rains and higher relative humidity across the state, lightning from widespread thunderstorms could result in new fires in the Upper Yukon Valley due to drought conditions that persist there. Overnight haze will occur in areas around active fires, including Fairbanks. This afternoon and Monday, Denali National Park and […]

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