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Smoke Outlook 7/30-7/31: Warming trend brings more smoke to Interior

Fire activity may increase today in Tanana Valley, driven by several days of warmer, drier weather. Many areas of the state continue to experience drought conditions. Upper Yukon Valley fires remain active, with no wetting rain received in Fort Yukon or Chalkyitzik. Fairbanks and Denali National Park are expected to have good to moderate smoke […]

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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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UPPER YUKON Zone Fire Update – July 26, 219

Earlier storms have passed through the Upper Yukon Zone with thousands of lightning strikes this week. Drought has continued in the zone causing the trees and duff layer to be very dry making fires difficult to contain. There are 57 active fires in the zone with five new ones in the last 48 hours.  Firefighters […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/25-7/26: continued unhealthy air quality in Fort Yukon

While smoke is beginning to clear in northern Alaska during the day, air quality remains moderate at times in Fairbanks and unhealthy in Fort Yukon due to continuing fire activity. Air quality is good in Anchorage and throughout southern Alaska, although some haze may persist. North (Fairbanks, Upper Yukon Valley, Denali National Park) Fire Lightning […]

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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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Point Protection Begins on the Chetaslina Fire

COPPER CENTER, AK – Point protection operations on structures near the Chetaslina Fire continue today. Firefighters are positioned at the Tenas Jack, Kuntson and Copper/Cheshnina cabins and at Dadina Lake. Firefighters are working to install hose lay and sprinkler systems around the structures as a wildfire response strategy, which protects specific assets or highly valued […]

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Livengood Cemetery Still Intact After Fire – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/11/19

Current Situation:  Higher relative humidity and slightly lower temperatures helped reduce fire intensity and minimize growth on the #HessCreekFire Wednesday. Firefighters put in saw line and laid hose while a helicopter conducted bucket drops to keep two spot fires from spreading along the south side of the Elliott Highway near MP 62; their efforts held […]

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Smoke Blankets Upper Yukon Fire Zone

The Upper Yukon continues to experience above normal fire conditions and resources to respond to new fires are stretched thin. One new fire was reported. The Mich Fire (#452) is in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The fire is smoldering in an old burn scar in a Limited Management area, where fire is allowed to function […]

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Upper Yukon: Hotter, Drier Weather is Here to Stay for a While

With continued high temperatures and very dry fuels, the Upper Yukon is likely to see new fire starts and significant growth on existing fires for the next several days. As ongoing fires become more active, they will likely be increasingly challenging to manage. Fire activity is expected to remain high through most of July and […]

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High Fire Danger and Advisory Remain in Effect for Upper Yukon

The Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory for the Upper Yukon and south central Alaska remains in effect. Spruce stands are extremely flammable, will ignite easily, spread rapidly at 1 mile per hour or faster, torch and spot prolifically up to a quarter mile or more, and exhibit intense crown fire behavior. Temperatures above 80 degrees […]

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