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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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Smoke Outlook 7/27-7/28: Upper Yukon still impacted

While the rest of the state has experienced relief from smoke impacts, along with cooler temperatures and higher humidity, Fort Yukon and the surrounding area remains warm and dry with more lightning expected. Fire potential likewise remains high there and smoke impacts are expected to continue. Air quality remains good in southern Alaska, and smoke […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/24-7/25: Rain moving northward is helping disperse smoke

Widespread rain in southern Alaska brought relief from smoky conditions and is moving northward. With the rainfall, the smoke is dispersing to the north, but smoke will settle in again overnight across northern Alaska. By tomorrow, smoke in the north is expected to cross the Brooks Range onto the North Slope. Conditions remain dry and […]

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Photo of Alaska smokejumpers from left to right, Brandon Kobayashi, Russell Kennedy, Kristopher Dudley conducting a burn operation in the marsh below Jim Magdanz and Susan Georgette's cabin on the Mauneluk River Wednesday on July 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Jim Magdanz

Galena Zone: Firefighters prepare for firing operations on fire east of Kobuk

Firefighters built fuelbreaks with hose lays around structures and native allotments in preparation for  burning operations on the Mauneluk River Fire (#535). With fireline securing the north and south sides, the burnout is planned to hold the fire in place. The lighting-caused fire started on July 12 has spread across 8,297 acres on the west […]

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Mile long fuel break completed next to the Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/19/19

Crews working on the #HessCreekFire finished installing a 1-mile long fuel break parallel to the Elliott Highway Thursday. The finished product resulted in a 30-foot-wide removal of black spruce and shrub, which will reduce the amount of burnable vegetation along the highway. This fuelbreak, along with the one constructed up the Cleary Creek drainage, will […]

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Firefighters enhance fuel break along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/18/19

Aerial footage of the two hot spots across the Elliott Highway A type 3 team from Wyoming will begin arriving in Fairbanks over the next few days to replace the Southern Idaho team, which finishes their 14-day assignment on Saturday. The Wyoming team will attend an orientation with the Alaska Fire Service today and begin […]

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Saw line completed along Cleary Creek drainage – Hess Creek Fire update 7/17/19

Crews made excellent progress placing saw line from the Elliott Highway north to the Cleary Creek drainage to tie into an already burned area of the #HessCreekFire. This line will provide a solid anchor point to begin firing operations should firefighters need to conduct burnout operations along the Elliott Highway. Today, crews will likely begin […]

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Crews to start saw line operations up Cleary Creek Drainage – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/16/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity on the #HessCreekFire should warmer weather occur. Higher humidity and lower temperatures are limiting fire spread. However, because black spruce needles and branches are highly resinous and usually distributed continuously from ground to treetop, they ignite and burn easily. Black […]

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