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Smokejumpers and state forestry firefighters contain wildfire south of Tok

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked together late Thursday night to contain a 35-acre wildfire along the Alaska Highway about 60 miles south of Tok. Smoke from the lightning-caused Gardiner Creek Fire was reported by passing motorists near Milepost 1248 on the Alaska Highway at 5:45 p.m. The […]

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Work nearing completion on two Southwest Area fires

Weather permitting, firefighters will be released this weekend from the only two wildfires still being staffed in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham. Tentative demobilization is scheduled for Friday for the 42 personnel on the 220-acre Paimiut Fire approximately 20 miles southeast of Holy Cross. The 33 personnel still working […]

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State forestry managing 119-acre wildfire southwest of McGrath

Wildland firefighters are managing a lightning-caused wildfire that was reported late Saturday morning about 150 miles southwest of McGrath, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Paimiut Fire, named after the nearby Paimiut Slough, is estimated at 119 acres. Six smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service were dropped on the fire Saturday afternoon […]

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East Fork Fire on Kenai Peninsula now estimated at 850 acres

A lightning-caused wildfire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge more than doubled in size on Friday after increasing winds throughout the afternoon produced extreme fire behavior on the east and northeast sides of the fire. The latest size estimate on the East Fork Fire as of late Friday night was 850 acres. Most of the […]

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Wildfire on Kenai Peninsula grows but poses no immediate threat

A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge grew in size on Friday but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading south and west toward the Sterling Highway. As of 5:30 p.m., the East Fork Fire was estimated between 300-400 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Most of the growth […]

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Only one staffed fire left in Southwest Area around McGrath

Firefighting personnel on one of the two remaining staffed fires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area were demobilized on Friday and the one remaining staffed fire will be downsizing this weekend. More than a dozen wildfires were started by lighting between June 4-7 in the Southwest Area, which encompasses 88 million acres between […]

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Firefighters working on East Fork Fire in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Fire managers have formulated a plan to manage a 198-acre wildfire that started in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday evening. The East Fork Fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. east of the East Fork of the Moose River, approximately 4 ½ miles northeast of the community of Sterling and the Sterling Highway. The […]

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State forestry battling two wildfires on Kenai Peninsula; one in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and one near Homer

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to two wildfires burning on the Kenai Peninsula. The East Fork Fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 5-6 miles north of the Sterling Highway. The last size estimate on the fire was 150 acres and the fire is […]

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Work on wildfires in Southwest Alaska is nearly complete

Firefighting personnel are completing mop up work on the only two remaining staffed fires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between Dillingham and McGrath. More than dozen wildfires were started by lightning more than a week ago but rain and the work by firefighters have brought them under control. The 72 personnel assigned […]

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South Fork Salcha fire now estimated at more than 8,000 acres

A mapping mission on Tuesday estimated the size of the South Fork Salcha Fire at 8,344 acres, an increase of nearly 5,000 acres from previous estimates, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The wildfire is located in a limited protection area approximately 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks. […]

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