Tag Archives: Alaska Division of Forestry

First retardant drop of season helps stop wildfire threatening cabins near Ninilchik

The Alaska Division of Forestry deployed its first air retardant tanker of the season on Sunday to help combat a small wildfire threatening cabins in the Caribou Hills near Ninilchik on the Kenai Peninsula. State Forestry wildland firefighters and firefighters from Ninilchik Emergency Services were called to a report of a grass fire near Mile […]

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Small campfires are OK during burn permit suspension but use caution

Wildland fire technicians from Mat-Su Area Forestry responded to King Mountain State Recreation Site near Sutton on Wednesday and discovered five abandoned campfires that were still burning or smoldering. Fortunately, none of the campfires escaped to start a wildfire and our technicians were able to quickly extinguish them. While campfires less than 3 feet in […]

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Even with burn permit suspension in place, State Forestry responds to 14 new wildfires over the weekend

Despite a burn permit suspension that went into effect for much of the state on Friday, May 1, wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 14 new wildfires around the state on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Several of those fires were the result of illegal burning activities, such as burn barrels and […]

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Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie expected to be fully contained today

Firefighters should achieve full containment of the 130-acre Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie by the end of shift today, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was reported to be 75 percent contained as of Friday morning. The 50 firefighters working on the fire have begun mop-up operations to seek out and extinguish […]

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Trumpeter Fire in Point MacKenzie 25% contained; firefighters making good progress

An approximately 120-acre wildfire burning in the Point MacKenzie area of the Mat-Su Valley is 25 percent contained and more than 50 firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are continuing work to increase containment. The Trumpeter Fire is burning in a remote area off South Trumpeter Drive in Point MacKenzie, approximately 20 miles southwest […]

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Mat-Su firefighters responding to second grass fire in two days in Point MacKenzie area

UPDATE – 10 p.m. – Firefighters are making good progress getting a hose line around the perimeter of the Trumpeter Fire. The latest size estimate is 50 acres and the fire is 25% contained. A second helicopter has been added to assist with suppression efforts. Structure protection measures have been put in place for the […]

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Southeast Alaska exempted from May 1 statewide burn permit suspension

The Alaska Division of Forestry will exempt Southeast Alaska from a planned May 1 statewide burn permit suspension, as the region’s weather, fuel types and fire history put it at less risk of wildland fire than mainland Alaska. “Most of Southeast Alaska is composed of coastal rainforest where wildfires have a very difficult time starting […]

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Despite heavy snow melt, Deshka Landing hot spots still smoldering

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office continues to monitor multiple hot spots that overwintered inside the perimeter of the 2019 Deshka Landing Fire near the Nancy Lake Recreation Area south of Willow. Two Mat-Su Area wildland fire technicians checked the area via snowmachine on Friday, April 17 and found 11 small hot spots […]

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State Forestry monitoring hot spots that overwintered from Deshka Landing Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring several hot spots from last summer’s Deshka Landing Fire near Willow that have been reported over the course of the winter. The first reports of smoke and smoldering were provided by trail groomers in January and DOF has received additional reports of smoke and smoldering in the same […]

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Grass fire started by discarded cigarette near Homer illustrates dry conditions on southern Kenai Peninsula

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to a small grass fire near Homer on Wednesday that was ignited by a discarded cigarette butt. It was the first wildfire of the season on the Kenai Peninsula and illustrates how dry conditions are on the southern Peninsula around Homer, which […]

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