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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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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: Little Fire Growth on Monday – Dry, Windy Conditions Return

Rising winds on Monday and higher temperatures forecast throughout this week will likely mean an increase in fire activity throughout the eastern interior, with light winds moving the smoke to the northeast. There are 24 fires burning within the Upper Yukon Fire Management Zone that covers the eastern Interior.  Here is a breakdown of the […]

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Smoke Forecast for 7-1-19

CENTRAL/EASTERN INTERIOR: Light winds from the west will continue to transport smoke to the east-northeast. The amount of smoke generated and impacts should be reduced today due to the rain. SOUTHCENTRAL: The southerly winds seen Sunday will be replaced by northwest winds, sweeping smoke out of the Anchorage bowl and southern Mat-Su valley. The mornings may start to see smoke flow […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: As Expected, Significant Increase in Fire Activity

Several fires in the Upper Yukon Fire Zone saw a significant increase in fire activity on Saturday.  This increase did not come as a surprise for the firefighters. Many days of hot, dry weather caused by a high pressure weather system that has covered much of the state created the perfect fuel conditions for fire […]

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The map for the Oregon Lakes Fire from May 11, 2019 shows no growth in the fire area for the past few days.

Community meeting scheduled to discuss plan of action on Oregon Lakes Fire

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Delta Junction City Hall. Members of the team will give an update on the Oregon Lakes Fire’s progression and present their plan to initiate suppression efforts. Time will be available to answer questions about the fire. Despite Red […]

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Map of Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction on May 6, 2019.

Red flag warning issued for Tuesday as Alaska Type 2 IMT assumes command of Oregon Lakes Fire

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for dry and windy conditions in Deltana and the Tanana Flats Tuesday, the same day the Type 2 Alaska Incident Management Team (IMT) Green Team will take over the management of the Oregon Lakes Fire. The IMT will develop short and long-term strategies to stabilize this […]

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Don’t be fooled by the numbers or weather, there’s still time for the 2018 fire season to blow up

While the 2018 wildfire season so far has been relatively tame by Alaska standards, there is still time for that to change. All you have to do is look at Alaska’s two biggest fire seasons – 2004 and 2015 – to come to that conclusion. The number of acres burned by wildfires in Alaska this […]

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