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File photo of emergency firefighter candidates digging line during rookie training in the spring of 2018.

BLM AFS seeks contracts for Alaska village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting crews

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) is soliciting contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. Multiple contractors may be selected to base crews in communities in the Upper Yukon, Tanana and Galena Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires […]

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Photo of emergency firefighter on the looking for spot fires.

BLM AFS 2019 Emergency Firefighter review

The BLM Alaska Fire Service uses Type 2 Emergency Firefighters (EFF)/Administratively Determined (AD) fire crews and single resource personnel to supplement its regular workforce in the event of wildfire emergencies. The program, which is separate from the State of Alaska’s EFF program, consists of over 500 individual federal AD firefighting personnel across three fire management […]

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Google map of Australia with fire icons.

From the Last Frontier to the Land Down Under

Alaskan tapped as liaison during firefighting efforts in Australia After two days of travel from the northern hemisphere to the land down under, BLM Alaska Fire Service Associate Manager Kyle Cowan arrived in Sydney where he’ll be the  be a liaison for Americans mobilizing to help with an unprecedented and deadly early fire season in […]

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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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BLM AFS, USARAK to burn debris piles on Interior Alaska training lands

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), will burn piles of woody debris on military training lands in Interior Alaska starting as early as this Saturday. Burning operations for piles on the Fort Wainwright Area Main Post (FWAMP), the Tanana Flats Training Area (TFTA) […]

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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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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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