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Aerial view of the Chetaslina Fire (#606) showing burned area, green vegetation, minimal smoke, and rain in the distance.

Another Day of Showers Expected; Warmer, Drier Next Week

COPPER CENTER, AK – More rain is expected today as showers continue to move through the Copper River Basin area. An increase in rainfall expected for Friday. Recent precipitation across the south-central part of the state should moderate fire behavior. However, warmer and drier weather conditions forecast for next week will affect how much drying the […]

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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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A large smoke plume rises in the horizon.

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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Two Local Fire Support Staff Involved in Multi-Vehicle Collision

COPPER CENTER, AK – At approximately 11:50 am on July 21, two public information officers, one from U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and one from National Park Service, Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve were involved in a multi-vehicle collision near Mile Post 102.5 on the Richardson Highway. Both public information officers were […]

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Increase in Activity for Chetaslina and Long Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – The Copper River Basin area weather provided some cloud coverage and cooler temperatures yesterday, but warmer, drier weather is expected again today and on into mid-week. In addition, strong, southerly winds are forecast which may increase the likelihood of fire spread to the north and northeast for the Chetaslina Fire (#606). […]

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