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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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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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This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows the Shovun Lake Fire in relation to Fort Yukon.

Smokejumpers, aircraft work on new fire north of Fort Yukon

Eight smokejumpers and five aircraft were busy Saturday night trying to suppress a new fire burning about 10 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. The Shovun Lake Fire (#371) was spotted shortly after 3 p.m. today by BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flying a detection flight in the area. It was originally reported as one acre […]

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Map of the Nowitna Fire (#336) burning in the Nowitna National Wildlife Refuge. // Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

Smokejumpers continue to protect cabin from Nowitna Fire

Eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers continue to work on protecting a cabin from the 57,781-acre Nowitna Fire (#336) – the only one of 55 active fires statewide that is staffed. The area received enough rain Tuesday night and Wednesday morning to stymie the fire’s growth through a mixture of black and white spruce, grass and […]

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Fire weather concerns are forecast to diminish early next week

Cooler temperatures and moderate relative humidity are being reported by firefighters assigned to fires from southwest of Galena to those northeast of Fort Yukon. Isolated thunderstorms continue to move across the region, but they have produced minimal rainfall in some areas and missed others. Fire weather concerns are forecast to diminish early next week as […]

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Fire reported Thursday in the BLM White Mountains National Recreation Area

Pilots in passing aircraft Thursday reported a fire along Wickersham Creek in the BLM White Mountains National Recreation Area. BLM Smokejumper aircraft personnel confirmed the fire as they were returning from another mission. They reported the Wickersham Dome Fire (#353) to be 10 acres burning in black spruce and tundra. It is about 3 miles […]

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Hot weather keeps fires active across northern Interior Alaska

Hot weather dominated the northern Interior once again on as temperatures in the 80’s were recorded from the Kobuk Valley to the upper Yukon River. Chalkyitsik reported a high of 88 degrees. West to southwest winds will increase today, relative humidity will generally be in the upper 20s to lower 30s, and temperatures will remain […]

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Over 60 firefighters working on Alaska wildland fires

A lightning-caused fire in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve was discovered Tuesday by spotters in surveillance aircraft. The Essie Creek Fire (#348) was reported to be 5 acres and smoldering in a mix of white and black spruce. It is in a Limited suppression area and will be monitored. While isolated thunderstorms have produced rainfall […]

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