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Map with fires and Fort Yukon.

Smokejumpers respond to third human-caused fire west of Fort Yukon

Firefighters urge public to be careful outdoor activities don’t ignite a fire BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on the third human-caused fire found west of Fort Yukon in the past two weeks. In the case of the Yukon Slough Fire (#103), discovered yesterday, and the Marten Fire (#082), discovered on May 17, firefighters […]

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AFS Smokejumpers conduct first fire jump of year near Fort Yukon

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers mobilized Tuesday afternoon for the first time this year for a small fire burning about 13 miles west of Fort Yukon. The eight smokejumpers were able to stop the 1-acre Mink Fire’s movement within a couple of hours and are now in the process of mopping up the fire by […]

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Prescribed burning on the Small Arms Complex east of Fairbanks.

About 60% of prescribed burning to reduce the threat of wildfire on Interior Alaska military training lands complete

About 60 percent of prescribed burning to reduce the threat of wildfire on military training lands in Interior Alaska is complete with the rest targeted for completion sometime in the next two weeks – as long as the weather cooperates.

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Burn operations planned on military training lands in Fairbanks North Star Borough to reduce wildfire threat

Starting as early as Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS), in cooperation with U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK), could start setting prescribed fires on Fort Wainwright and the Yukon Training Area (YTA) to reduce the likelihood of a large wildfire on military training lands this summer. The areas identified for the prescribed […]

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Burning operations planned for military training lands in Interior Alaska to reduce wildfire threat

The snow is quickly melting in Interior Alaska. The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service and U.S. Army Alaska will soon implement multiple prescribed fires on military training lands in Interior Alaska. As conditions allow, prescribed burning in the Donnelly Training Area, Yukon Training Area, and Fort Wainwright may continue throughout the spring. #RxFire

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

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) awarded three contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural northeastern and Interior Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. The contractors selected will base crews in the Upper Yukon and Tanana Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires within BLM AFS protection areas. Unlike […]

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Federal Alaska Emergency Firefighter requirements adjusted for 2020 season

Because the BLM Alaska Fire Service remains focused on the safety and well-being of our employees and the public, preparedness regarding medical, physical and training requirements for Alaska federal (BLM) Emergency Firefighters (EFF) were adjusted for the 2020 fire year due to the threat of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) . The adjustments were made to […]

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BLM AFS, USARAK burn woody debris piles from fuel break on military lands near Delta Junction

Update on Feb. 21, 2020: BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel completed burning woody debris piles in the Donnelly Training Area West (DTAW) between Feb. 9-12. They were able to burn the remaining 54 large, machine-built piles on the far west section of the 21-mile fuel break created during a multi-year hazardous fuels reduction project on […]

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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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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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