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Surface fuels burn in the Moose Creek Fire late Saturday afternoon near Sutton. The fire is now estimated at 216 acres and there are 50 personnel working to suppress it. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

High winds, cold temperatures challenge firefighters working to contain wildfire near Sutton

Sunday, Oct. 16 – 10:30 a.m. – Firefighters were back on the line at first light Sunday to continue work on containing a wildfire that started on Saturday along the Glenn Highway near Sutton in the Matanuska Valley. The Moose Creek Fire is burning about 12 miles north of Palmer and 5 miles south of […]

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An early-morning photo of the Moose Creek Fire near Sutton. Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and local fire departments are working to contain the blaze, which was reported at 2:10 a.m. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

State Forestry, local fire departments battling late-season wildfire near Sutton

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. – Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and multiple Mat-Su Valley fire departments are battling an approximately 178-acre wildfire near Mile 56 of the Glenn Highway south of Sutton. The Moose Creek Fire was reported at 2:10 a.m. by a passing motorist. At that time, the fire was reported […]

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Twenty-four cadets graduate from Alaska Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy

A class of 24 cadets recently graduated from the Alaska Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy held at the Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp near Fairbanks from April 24 to May 9. The Academy is sponsored by the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters from around the state attended the Academy. There were cadets from the villages/communities of […]

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Division of Forestry calls in smokejumpers for 10-acre fire near Palmer

Smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service and the Division of Forestry are working to contain an approximately 10-acre wildfire burning in a remote area near the Knik River outside Palmer. The fire was reported at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday but wildland firefighters from the Division of Forestry were not able to access the fire […]

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Alaska Fire Service EFF Spring Training Kicks Off This Weekend

April 8, 2016 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Emergency Firefighters return each year fresh from their time off to prepare for the new fire season. Before they can step into the vast Alaska landscape to engage wildland fires, they must first take a pack test and refresh their firefighting knowledge. The first batch of pack testing and […]

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Alaska’s first wildfire of 2016 reported near Delta Junction

Alaska’s first wildfire of 2016 was reported south of Delta Junction on Monday. The fire was ignited by live-fire training on military land approximately 10 miles south of Delta Junction and was reported to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks at 12:55 p.m.by range control personnel from the Donnelly Training Area. Firefighters from the […]

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DOF’s Kelsa Shilanski voted as Alaska Dispatcher of the Year

Congratulations to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Kelsa Shilanski, who was recently voted Dispatcher of the Year for the Alaska Geographic Area Coordination Center. Shilanski, who has worked for DOF for nine years, topped a strong field of a dozen Alaska wildland fire dispatchers who were nominated for the Golden Teletype Award in Alaska.She displayed […]

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Alaska crews spread out across four states in Pacific Northwest

What’s the difference between fighting fire in the Lower 48 and Alaska? Well, there are several differences but one of the biggest is steep terrain, evidenced by these pictures taken by Steve Theisen that show the Allakaket Type 2 Crew working on the Clearwater Complex near Kamiah, Idaho. The Clearwater Complex in northwest Idaho consists […]

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Alaska firefighters headed to Lower 48

As Alaska moves into its seasonal rain pattern, wildland fire activity has moderated. The fire season in the Lower 48, however, is in full swing as the National Preparedness Level moved to five, the highest level of planning and organizing of resources in reaction to increasing fire danger. Firefighters from Alaska are answering the call […]

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Tanana Area Fire updates, July 29

Tanana Area Fire Facts At A Glance TOTAL ACRES: 496,131 Spicer Creek Fire (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 183,415 acres; Harper Bend Fire (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~43,378 acres Moose Point Fire (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~26,612 acres Kokrine Fire (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres; Bering Creek Fire (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~237,906 acres NOTE: Hay Slough Fire information […]

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