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New burn permits required starting April 1

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Burn permits are required annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn […]

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Abundant precip means low fire potential for July, August and September in Alaska

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s wildland fire forecast for July is for below normal for southern Alaska and normal for northern Alaska. The forecast for August through October is for normal fire potential. Factors:  Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook maps continue to indicate a high likelihood of warmer than normal temperatures across the all […]

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Celebrate safely this Fourth of July weekend

Independence Day Weekend is a cause for celebration but it also can be the cause of wildland fires. Alaska’s interagency wildfire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious this holiday weekend with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. While many areas of the state have received wide-spread precipitation in recent days, […]

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Tetlin River Fire now 25 percent contained; mop-up work continues

The 818-acre Tetlin River Fire south of Tok is now 25 percent contained and crews continued to increase mop-up depth around the fire on Thursday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters succeeded in getting a hose line put in around the entire fire perimeter and are pumping water from nearby lakes, ponds and […]

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High fire danger requires vigilance over Solstice Weekend

June 17, 2016 – With the hottest temperatures of the summer heading into Solstice Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska are urging extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Hot, dry weather for the last week has resulted in very high to extreme fire danger around much of the state, particularly […]

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Alaska wildland fires from 2015 still pose risks this year

A year after the second-largest fire season on record in Alaska, the 2015 fire season is still smoking. The Alaska Division of Forestry has detected 16 “holdover” fires so far this season, including one on Saturday that ignited the 8,130-acre Medfra Fire now burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska. Holdover fires are just […]

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Firefighters begin mop-up operations on Eagle River fire

May 28, 10 a.m. – Here’s an Alaska Division of Forestry update on the Hiland Fire near Eagle River: The fire is still estimated at 25 acres and is 100 percent contained. Crews worked well into the night to ensure the fire did not grow and were back on the line at 8 a.m. today […]

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Firefighters gaining control of wildfire near Eagle River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department are aggressively attacking a small wildfire near Eagle River and are confident they will bring it under control this evening. The Hiland Fire is located on the south side of Eagle River drainage, just south of Briggs Bridge and about 1 mile from the […]

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Be safe with wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Alaska and with it comes increased wildfire activity. While Alaska has already had 150 wildfires reported this year, all the fires thus far have been small blazes that have been quickly brought under control. The first holiday weekend of the summer, however, traditionally leads to […]

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Escaped burn barrel fire in Mat-Su Valley destroys shed; illustrates importance of safe burning

The Alaska Division of Forestry got its first wildfire call of the season on Monday in the Mat-Su Valley when a fire in an unattended burn barrel with an inadequate fire break escaped into the wildland. The fire, at a home on Thunder Cloud Drive off Pittman Road, caught a nearby shed on fire, causing […]

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