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Members of the Alaska Division of Forestry's Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew prepare to load their gear onto a jetboat to be transported across the Klutina River to the Klutina River Fire on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Photo by Danny Schmitz

State forestry mobilizing more firefighters to Klutina River Fire

Fire managers for the Alaska Division of Forestry are hopeful that more boots on the ground will help them get a leg up on a 176-acre wildfire burning along the Klutina River south of Copper Center. Two crews from Montana – the Bitterroot Hotshots and Lewis and Clark Type 2 Initial Attack Crew – were […]

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Firefighters working to contain 80-acre wildfire near Klutina River south of Glennallen

Eight smokejumpers were still trying to corral an 80-acre wildfire burning near the Klutina River south of Glennallen on Tuesday. The Klutina River Fire (#461) is located about 20 miles south of Glennallen, less than one-half mile east and south of the Klutina River, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was called […]

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A helicopter dips a bucket of water out of pond while an air tanker drops a load of retardant on the Malaspina Fire on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Ed Soto/Alaska Division of Forestry

Crews working on containment line around Malaspina Fire

Aircraft worked until 10 p.m. dropping retardant and water on and around the Malaspina Fire (#451) near the Talkeetna Spur Road-Parks Highway cutoff to slow the spread of the fire, which is estimated at 60 to 80 acres.   Crews on the ground are making good progress working to get a containment line around the […]

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Firefighters get assistance from Blackhawk helicopters on wildfire near Gakona

Ten firefighters spent Saturday working to set up pumps and hose around a small wildfire burning off the Tok Cutoff near Gakona while Blackhawk helicopters from the Alaska Air National Guard were brought in to drop water on the fire. The Tulsona Creek Fire is estimated at 35 to 40 acres, according to the Alaska […]

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Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is 100 percent contained

Friday, Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway is now 100 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters toured the fire perimeter on Friday morning and declared the 303-acre fire fully contained, according to Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh. […]

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Rain and snow help push containment up to 83 percent on Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer

Friday, Oct. 21 – 10:25 a.m. – With a little help from Mother Nature, firefighters on Thursday continued to gain ground on a wildfire smoldering along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 303-acre Moose Creek Fire is now 83 percent contained, according to a perimeter map released by the Alaska Division of Forestry on […]

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Winds offer no respite for firefighters battling wildfires in Matanuska Valley

Monday, Oct. 17 – 7:15 p.m. – Windy weather made for another busy day for wildland firefighters in the Matanuska Valley. In addition to continuing their battle with a stubborn, late-season wildfire north of Palmer, Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters had to contend with three different wildfires caused by high winds blowing trees onto power lines. […]

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Wildfire north of Palmer makes run toward Glenn Highway; high winds, limited resources pose serious challenge

For the third straight day, high winds and limited resources are posing a serious challenge to firefighters contending with a late-season wildfire along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 300-acre Moose Creek Fire started early Saturday morning as the result of an escaped debris burn and firefighters have been battling the wind-driven blaze around […]

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