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Malaspina and Montana Creek fire update – July 9, 2019: Type 2 IMT takes command of fires

Firefighters on the Malaspina Fire made excellent progress on Monday, completing direct fireline construction with chainsaws and establishing hose lays around the fire’s perimeter. Interior portions of the fire remain active. The fire is 85 acres in size and 20% contained. The White Mountain Fire Crew, Matanuska-Susitna Borough fire engines and water tenders, and eight […]

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A photo of the Malaspina Fire (#451) as seen from the air on initial attack at 4:25 p.m. Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry

New wildfire reported about 1 mile north of Montana Creek Fire; evacuations in progress

Update 6:35 p.m. – The Malaspina Fire burning near Talkeetna is now estimated at 60 acres.  Firefighters say one structure was lost.  South Malaspina Loop Road, Montana Creek Road, Makuskin Road, and Yoder Road have all been evacuated. Crews are getting help from water scooping aircraft, air tankers dropping retardant, and Blackhawk helicopters dropping water […]

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Crews fighting to keep Shovel Creek Fire within containment lines; Nugget Creek Fire grows to 1,550 acres

On Thursday, the Shovel Creek Fire continued to burn actively in black spruce within the Shovel Creek basin. Despite cooler temperatures, increased cloud cover, and light winds, some individual and group tree torching did occur. As of Friday morning, the fire was estimated at 2,307 acres, an increase of about 700 acres, accoding to the […]

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Swan Lake Fire transitions to Type 2 incident management team; crews continue prep work

Fire growth on the Swan Lake Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge was moderated by the cloud cover n Monday. Limited expansion occurred in the areas mostly to the north and northwest where the black spruce stands remain receptive to fire growth. The fire area remains at an estimated 12,782 acres according to […]

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State forestry still monitoring small wildfire near Steese Highway north of Fairbanks

A small wildfire burning north of Fairbanks near milepost 62 of the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks has grown slightly and continues to attract attention from passing motorists but has not prompted any action by the Alaska Division of Forestry. Following a reconnaissance flight on Monday, the Cripple Creek Fire (#201) was estimated at 40 […]

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