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Round up of Alaska wildland fires

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and patchy cloud cover has moderated fire behavior on the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires burning west of Fairbanks. The 144 personnel assigned to the two fires have completed a pump and hose lay for an indirect fireline, continue with their mop up of firelines around the cabins […]

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Alaska firefighters wrapping up work on several wildland fires

Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters continue work on six staffed wildfires across Alaska. Cooler, wetter weather has moderated fire activity around the state allowing work to be completed on several of the fires. Here is a round up of the staffed fires currently in Alaska: Mooseheart Fire (#204) and Zitziana […]

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Smokejumpers check each other's equipment before boarding an airplane bound for the William Slough Fire (#220) Saturday afternoon. Four smokejumpers parachuted in for point protection while the other four returned to the Alaska Smokejumper base at BLM AFS facilities on Fort Wainwright. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Firefighters continue to wrap things up on fires as conditions moderate

Fire activity has moderated throughout much of Alaska thanks to a combination of decreased lightning activity and scattered showers in many places. While some places received wetting rain, others, such as Central Interior Alaska, remain dry and will likely stay that way for the next few days. BLM Alaska Fire Service staff are keeping an […]

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Map of Fire 103 Ready Bullion Creek

Smokejumpers attack fire near Livengood for first fire jump of season

  A pair of Alaska smokejumpers logged the first fire jump of the season Friday on a small fire burning close to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline about five miles southwest of Livengood. The Ready Bullion Creek Fire (#103) was reported to the Division of Forestry who passed it along to BLM Alaska Fire Service at 3:20 p.m. because […]

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Graphic for prescribed burning on the Small Arms Complex and Yukon Training Area in May 2018.

BLM AFS, USARAK conduct multiple prescribed burns near Fairbanks and Eileson

Starting today, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) and U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will implement multiple prescribed fires in the Yukon Training Area located east of Eielson Air Force Base and the Small Arms Complex immediately east of Fairbanks. The schedule for locations and start dates are as follows: • Moose […]

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Map of Oklahoma Impact Area near Delta Junction.

BLM AFS and USARAK to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Oklahoma Impact Area

Starting as early as Sunday, the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) and U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will implement prescribed fires in the Oklahoma Impact Area, located approximately 15 miles southwest of Delta Junction. As weather conditions allow, prescribed burning may continue through May 31. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas throughout the prescribed […]

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Map showing the location of the burn piles south of Delta Junction.

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

Nov. 14, 2017 Update: This prescribed burning of debris piles was suspended indefinitely due to weather conditions – specifically an estimated foot of snow that fell in the Delta and Gerstle River training areas over the weekend. BLM Alaska Fire Service officials will reevaluate the burn plan in the spring when conditions are more conducive […]

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Members of the Type 2 EFF Upper Tanana #2 Crew line up to grid for hot spots on the Caribou Fire near the Canadian Border on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo by Neal Charlie//Alaska Division of Forestry

Last of the EFF crews to return from Lower 48 fire Sunday

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The final four of the 23 Type 2 emergency firefighter crews (EFF) who have fought fire in the Lower 48 this year are returning to Alaska Sunday afternoon after spending two weeks working on a wildfire in Montana. The returning crews – Nulato, Marshall, Upper Tanana #2 and Fairbanks #1 – are […]

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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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