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State Forestry burn permits required starting April 1

With drier spring and summer weather fast approaching, the Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents they must get a permit before burning debris in the open or in burn barrels, starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Debris burning and the use of burn barrels are the leading cause of wildland fires […]

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State Forestry releases schedule of statewide firefighter training classes

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding wildland firefighting training classes at different locations around the state in April and May. The classes are for veteran firefighters who already have a Red Card, as well as rookie firefighters looking to begin a career in wildland firefighting. Classes are scheduled at Area Forestry offices in […]

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Fire activity on Taixtsalda Hill Fire wanes with cooler, wetter weather; downsizing to begin today

Cloudy, cooler weather continues to help moderate fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire burning southeast of Tok. The fire, which started on July 23, is now estimated at 27,194 acres in size, an increase of 5,194 acres. However, the increase in acreage is due to better mapping rather than increased fire activity, according to […]

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Cooler, cloudier weather helps slow fire growth on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Cloudy and cooler weather helped moderate fire behavior and growth on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) on Thursday. The fire is now 22,000 acres in size, an increase of only 15 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles […]

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Efforts to protect property and cabins continue on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was active on Wednesday, with several smoke columns visible from the Alaska Highway. The fire is now 21,985 acres in size, an increase of 1,485 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of Northway and 38 miles southeast of […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire gains another 2,000 acres; tops 20,000-acre mark

The hot and dry weather on Tuesday supported active fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357)  burning southeast of Tok. The fire is now estimated at 20,500 acres, an increase of 2,100 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest […]

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State forestry firefighters mopping up small wildfire near Palmer

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are responding to a small wildfire in the Knik River Valley approximately 20 miles southeast of Palmer. The Friday Fire, estimated at three-tenths of an acre, was reported on the north side of the Knik River near Friday Creek late Monday night by residents on Knik River […]

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Firefighters conduct successful burnouts around allotments on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior was active again on Monday and the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) southeast of Tok grew by another 3,000 acres. The fire is now estimated at 18,406 acres, an increase of approximately 3,000 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of […]

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Crews continue allotment protection on 15,200-acre Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok has grown to 15,200 acres as of Sunday evening, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles southeast of Tok. A Type 3 incident management team based in […]

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Firefighters continue prepping allotments for possible burnout operation on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Firefighters continue to set up protection measures around Native allotments and cabins threatened by the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) in hopes of conducting burnout operations to widen and reinforce containment lines around them. The latest size estimate for the Taixtsalda Hill Fire is 14,428 acres, a decrease of more than 500 acres from Saturday, according […]

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