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Swan Lake Operations Update August 22

#swanlakefire A 192-second video explaining why the Sterling Highway had to be closed temporarily yesterday afternoon and planned actions today. More crews are arriving today and aircraft, including scooper planes, are ready to fly if the air clears. 316 people are working the fire as of this morning. A public meeting will held tonight at […]

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Photo of Alaska smokejumpers from left to right, Brandon Kobayashi, Russell Kennedy, Kristopher Dudley conducting a burn operation in the marsh below Jim Magdanz and Susan Georgette's cabin on the Mauneluk River Wednesday on July 17, 2019. Photo courtesy Jim Magdanz

Galena Zone: Firefighters prepare for firing operations on fire east of Kobuk

Firefighters built fuelbreaks with hose lays around structures and native allotments in preparation for  burning operations on the Mauneluk River Fire (#535). With fireline securing the north and south sides, the burnout is planned to hold the fire in place. The lighting-caused fire started on July 12 has spread across 8,297 acres on the west […]

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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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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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Smoke Forecast for 7-5-19

Special Statement Heavy smoke impacts in Cooper Landing, Primrose, Seward, and along the Sterling Highway near the Swan Lake fire today. Fire CENTRAL/EASTERN INTERIOR: Due to cloud cover the only fires that were active yesterday were again generally east of Fairbanks. Clouds are expected to clear today. The intensity of the fires in the area […]

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Montana Creek evacuation order raised to “Level 2: Set” as fire shifts direction

Due to a shift in the direction of the Montana Creek (#429) Fire, Mat-Su Emergency Services is issuing a “Level 2: Set” alert for residents of the Montana Creek area, as part of its “Ready, Set, Go” evacuation program.   This is NOT an evacuation order but residents should be prepared to leave their homes on […]

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An Alaska State Trooper vehicle sits in front of a house with the smoke column from the Montana Creek Fire rising in the background. Photo by Sgt. Brent Johnson/Alaska State Troopers

Montana Creek Fire prompts aggressive response

Numerous air and ground fire resources have responded to a fast-growing fire burning about 2 ½ miles east of the Parks Highway at Mile 98, south of the Talkeetna Cutoff. Residents are being warned to prepare for the possibility of an evacuation order. The Montana Creek Fire (#429) was reported shortly before 3 p.m. at […]

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Boundary River Fire Update for 7-3-19

The Boundary River Fire (#362), which started by lightning on June 23rd, is estimated at 14,187 acres, as of Tuesday night. It is located 40 miles southeast of Tok. This fire is burning west of the Nabesna River, approximately 9 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 19 miles southwest of Tetlin. The fire […]

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Wildland Fire reported in East Anchorage

Updated at 7:09 Firefighting efforts stopped the spread of the fire in East Anchorage as it moved into hardwoods. The Alaska Division of Forestry says the fire is 20 percent contained. An evacuation order for nearby residents has been canceled. Updated at 6:29 p.m. Anchorage Fire Chief Jodie Hettrick reports the fire burning in East […]

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