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A burnout operation on the 31,705-acre Aggie Creek Fire along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks on July 16, 2015. Photo by Phillip Spor

Report: Human-caused climate change increases likelihood of severe fire seasons in Alaska

A report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly (34-60%) due to human-caused climate change. The 2015 Alaska fire season burned the second largest number of acres in Alaska […]

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Alaskans head to southeastern U.S. to help battle wildfires

Fairbanks – Nov. 7, 2016 – 4:15 p.m. -Alaska’s state and federal wildfire suppression agencies are deploying personnel to the Lower 48 to help battle wildfires in the drought-stricken southeastern U.S. In the last two weeks, more than a dozen personnel from state and federal agencies in Alaska have been sent to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, […]

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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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The latest perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer, as of 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

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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The latest perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer as of 9 a.m. Thursday. Containment is now estimated at 70 percent. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer now 70 percent contained

Thursday, Oct. 20 – 10:40 a.m. – Containment on the Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is now at 70 percent and fire managers are optimistic full containment on the late-season wildfire will be achieved before the end of the weekend. “If (the weather) stays the way it is right now we’re hoping for full […]

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The latest perimeter map for the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire approximately 12 miles north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitina Borough

Containment for Moose Creek Fire increases to 51 percent

Wednesday, Oct. 19 – 8:10 p.m. – Firefighters on Wednesday continued to take advantage of diminishing winds to get a better handle on a late-season wildfire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. Containment on the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire burning about 12 miles north of Palmer increased to 51 percent on Wednesday, an increase of […]

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A firefighter on a four-wheeler drives down a trail while patrolling the Moose Creek Fire on Sunday, Oct. 16. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

State Forestry fire managers hope drop in winds will boost firefighters’ efforts on wildfire north of Palmer

Tuesday, Oct. 18 – 10:45 a.m. – Alaska Division of Forestry fire managers are hoping a decrease in winds will help firefighters increase containment on a 300-plus acre wildfire burning north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway. After three days of battling strong winds that have fanned the flames of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire, firefighters […]

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A perimeter map of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer as of 7 p.m. Monday. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitina Borough

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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State Forestry responding to a second wildfire near Sutton at Mile 68 of Glenn Highway

Monday, Oct. 17 – 2:15 p.m. -The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to another wildfire near Sutton. The fire, named the King Fire, was called in by a passing  motorist on the Glenn Highway near Mile 68, about 10 road miles north of the 300-acre Moose Creek Fire that firefighters have been battling for […]

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A bulldozer builds a fire line off the Glenn Highway early Monday morning in an attempt to prevent the Moose Creek Fire from encroaching on the highway north of Palmer. Photo by Jon Glover/Alaska Division of Forestry

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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