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Instructor Ben Ferguson, on left, helps Alaska Job Corps student Esai Montes as he and fellow student Ying Yang learn to sharpen pulaskis during a basic wildland firefighting class on Feb. 8, 2017

BLM Alaska Fire Service offers basic wildland firefighting training to Job Corps students

(March 8, 2017) PALMER – Alaska Job Corps students got a taste of working on wildfires at a week-long basic wildland firefighting training class offered in the middle of the winter by the BLM Alaska Fire Service. The training, which is commonly referred to as a red card class, gave 41 Job Corps students the […]

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Debris pile disposal prescribed burn on military lands near Delta Junction on March 11-31, 2017 with map of area and file photo of burn pile.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army Alaska to Burn Debris Piles on Military Lands near Delta Junction

March 7, 2017 FAIRBANKS – The U. S. Army Alaska, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, will burn piles of woody debris created in 2013 in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) on the west side of the Delta River approximately five miles southwest of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start […]

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Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service specialist Matt Kilgriff shoots a stream of flaming gel from the Terra Torch to burn piles of brush and trees as part of a prescribed burn project in U.S. Army Alaska’s Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely Nov. 4, 2016. The piles were created by U.S. Army Alaska hand crews working to remove dead and decaying vegetation and black spruce in an effort to reduce the chances of a wildfire on military lands.

Army, BLM Alaska Fire Service fight fire danger with fire

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – A report released Dec. 15 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly – 34 to 60 percent – due to human-caused climate change. According to the Alaska […]

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Graphic of burn piles on military lands.

BLM Alaska Fire Service, U.S. Army To Burn Debris Piles Near Delta Junction

Oct. 28, 2016 – Starting as early as Nov. 3, the BLM Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will be burning piles of woody debris created this summer during hazardous fuels reduction projects in the Donnelly Training Area (DTA) and Gerstle River Training Area (GRTA) south of Delta Junction. Burning operations may start as […]

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Emergency firefighter crews from Chevak, Hooper Bay, Huslia and Kaltag line up to board a jet that will take them to the Lower 48 to work on wildland fires. Photo by Darla Theisen/Alaska Division of Forestry

Village crews help on Lower 48 fires

Sept. 2, 2016 – Five 20-person rural Alaska Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews headed south late last week to help work on a handful of wildland fires burning in the Lower 48. Two crews from Chevak and one each from Hooper Bay, Kaltag and Huslia first landed in California near where the Alaska Interagency Management Team […]

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Crews head south for Lower 48 fires

Click on photos to see image. Aug. 3, 2016 – Five 20-person Alaska firefighting crews boarded a jet Wednesday afternoon to join firefighting efforts in the Lower 48. The Division of Forestry Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Gannett Glacier and White Mountain crews, the Chugachmiut contract Type 2 IA Yukon crew and the two Type 2 training crews, the University of Alaska […]

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Fire activity gets a short-lived boost

3:25 p.m., July 27, 2016 – Fire season briefly bumped up yesterday, mostly in a small part of northern Alaska. There were two new fires and BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers were sent to two older fires that increased in size due to lingering dry conditions and wind. The activity is short lived due to rains that fell […]

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BLM AFS working on a new fire west of Venetie

6:30 p.m., July 20, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on a 20-acre fire burning along the Chandalar River five miles west of Venetie. Eight smokejumpers are already on the ground with a Bell B-212 helicopter headed that way to help dump water on the flames and the need for more resources […]

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BLM AFS busy with Yukon River fires

July 16, 2016 – The BLM Alaska Fire Service has been busy with fires along the Yukon River corridor that were threatening structures upriver from Rampart and burning near a Bible camp downriver from Tanana. A load of eight smokejumpers are divided between the Telegraph (#532) and the Telegraph 2 (#534) fires that are one […]

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The Mauneluk River 2 fire near the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve puts up smoke while burning through almost 34,000 acres and three miles on July 15, 2016. Photo by Ryan McPherson, BLM Alaska Fire Service.

Fire gains ground, threatens lodge near Gates of the Arctic

July 16, 2016 – A fire burning 25 miles east of Kobuk grew from 1,355 to an estimated 35,000 acres and pushed nine miles in two days thanks to recent record high temperatures, low humidity and winds. The Mauneluk River 2 fire (#386) was spotted by an Alaska Fire Service fire detection aircraft on July 14 after lightning […]

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