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Minimal smoke rises from the Chetaslina Fire (#606) with green vegetation surrounding and the mountain range in the background.

Chetaslina and Long Fire Update: Rain and Cloud Cover Continue to Dampen Monitored Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – The monitored fires in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve continue to burn in the duff soil layer of the forest floor. Duff is a soil type made of dead plant material including conifer needles, moss, leaves, bark, twigs and tree litter. The Chetaslina Fire (#606) and Long Fire (#484) are […]

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Rain Quiets Fires, Temporarily

COPPER CENTER, AK – Both the Chetaslina (#606) and Long (#484) fires received precipitation over the night moderating fire behavior. More rain is forecast for Thursday, but it will likely not be enough precipitation to put out the fires. The Chetaslina and Long fires are burning deep into the ground, two to three feet in […]

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Crews to start saw line operations up Cleary Creek Drainage – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/16/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity on the #HessCreekFire should warmer weather occur. Higher humidity and lower temperatures are limiting fire spread. However, because black spruce needles and branches are highly resinous and usually distributed continuously from ground to treetop, they ignite and burn easily. Black […]

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Tanana Zone Fire Update for 7-8-19

The high pressure ridge over central Alaska continues to produce hot and dry conditions. Within the Tanana Zone, fires burned an additional 1,675 acres on Sunday, but there were no new fires reported. The number of fires this year remains at 22, and the year-to-date burned area within the Tanana Zone is 55,899 acres. Here […]

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Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update for 7-8-19

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha is now 45 percent contained. The fire is holding at 69 acres. Firefighters are expecting a repeat of yesterday’s weather with high temperatures in the low 80s and relative humidity below 30 percent. Since the organic layers of black spruce and hardwoods can smolder throughout the winter, […]

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Smoke Report for 7-8-19

Special Statement Heavy smoke impacts in Kenai peninsula, Yukon and Tanana valleys including Fairbanks and southern Kenai areas. Fire CENTRAL/EASTERN INTERIOR: Heavy smoke impacts in upper Yukon valley. Smoke from these and other fires to the north will be brought into the Tanana valley over the next two days. SOUTHCENTRAL: Similar winds as yesterday in […]

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Structure and Allotment Protection Efforts Continue across the Tanana Zone

High temperatures and low humidity continue across the Tanana Zone. Fuels are very dry and carry fire readily. Weather, smoke cover, topography, and the dynamics of large fires are influencing fire behavior. No new fires were reported in the Tanana Zone. The total number of active fires remains at 15.  To date this year, 22 […]

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Caribou Creek Fire Update 7-7-2019

Firefighters completed a 300-foot saw line around the 257-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255) burning east of Fairbanks and will begin gridding for hot spots today. Some gridding was done Saturday on fingers extending out from the main perimeter, as well as along the saw line. The interior of the fire is also being monitored to […]

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Upper Yukon Fire Zone: Type 3 Incident Management Organization Heading to Chalkyitsik

With notable fire growth in the area and high temperatures expected to continue, a Type 3 Incident Management Organization will operate out of Chalkyitsik over the next few days to evaluate fire protection needs for the community. They will monitor the three closest fires, Bearnose Hill Fire (#407), Tractor Trail 2 (#348), and Frozen Calf (#367), and […]

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Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update for 7-5-19

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) spent Independence Day strengthening fire containment lines. Total acreage burned has held steady at 69 acres for several days, but containment has now increased to 15%. A ridge of high pressure is building over the area which will cause the temperature to increase and the relative humidity to […]

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