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Smaller team managing Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; three new fire starts

A small contingent of firefighters remain on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Friday morning as command transfers to a Type 4 management organization. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers have been reducing the number of firefighters providing point protection for cabins and allotments in the areas around the […]

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More lightning holdover fires discovered; Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires demobilize

  Firefighters on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires are packing up and backhauling excess equipment from the fireline as the drawdown of forces continues. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers are reducing the number of firefighters assigned. A small contingent of firefighters will remain to provide point protection […]

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Fire activity moderates on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires

Scattered rain showers over night were reported on portions of the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires. Forecasted weather calls for mostly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms over the area of both fires today. Smokejumpers are positioned on Iksgiza Lake to assess and prepare cabins for structure protection should the need arise. Firefighters continue […]

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Wildfire update: Activity increases on Zitziana River, Mooseheart fires; other fires winding down

An increase in fire activity was observed on the both the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Sunday afternoon. Significant activity was reported on the southeast and northwest corners of the Zitziana River Fire. The Mooseheart Fire, just to the west of the Zitziana, also became more active; mainly on it’s eastern side. An […]

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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 Eielson

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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