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A burnout operation on the 31,705-acre Aggie Creek Fire along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks on July 16, 2015. Photo by Phillip Spor

Report: Human-caused climate change increases likelihood of severe fire seasons in Alaska

A report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly (34-60%) due to human-caused climate change. The 2015 Alaska fire season burned the second largest number of acres in Alaska […]

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Rain over the Steamboat Creek Fire Helped with Fire Activity

Steamboat Creek Fire received some precipitation yesterday which reduced fire activity but a slight change in size at 19,328 acres. As the weather front moved in, winds shifted and smoke was impacting areas in the nearby region. Fire managers plan to keep the fire south and west of the Chitina River and are mobilizing vehicles […]

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Smoke from McHugh Fire drifts into Anchorage bowl

McHugh Fire smoke from the wildfire burning near McHugh Creek is currently drifting  into Anchorage due to the predicted overnight wind shift by the National Weather Service. Northwest winds shifted last night to the southeast around 10 p.m.Wednesday. The southeast winds are predicted to gradually increase today (Thursday), with the wind reaching strongest gusts of […]

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Public Meeting for the Steamboat Creek Fire

Date: July 19th, 2016 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Tony Zak community building, McCarthy, AK Update: The Steamboat Creek Fire is very visible and has grown significantly in size in the last 24 hours. Hot and dry conditions have intensified fire behavior which increased smoke in the valley. During the public meeting agency personnel will update […]

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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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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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Medfra and Berry Creek fires merge; now estimated at 8,130 acres

Two wildfires burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska have merged into one larger fire and firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are focusing on protection of Native allotments and any structures that may be in the area. The Medfra Fire and Berry Creek Fire merged sometime Tuesday night and the size of […]

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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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Alaska’s monthly fire potential outlook

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s predictive services desk released it’s Alaska Monthly Fire Potential Outlook on Monday and its pretty much an echo of what we’ve been hearing all winter: Expect an early start to the wildland fire season. Forecast: • The forecast for March is normal across all of Alaska, as there is little […]

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USFWS report: Past fuel treatments slowed spread of Card Street Fire

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just released a report that examines the effects of past fuel treatments on the refuge and how they influenced fire behavior and spread during the Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula this past summer. Here’s a brief summary of the report. Click on […]

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