Tag Archives: Alaska Fire
McKinley Fire DP 20 082919

McKinley Fire Morning Update: 08-30-19 Crews Vigilant for Ash Pits and Falling Trees

Update – Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. Norm McDonald, Incident Commander Acreage: 3,316  Containment: 78%   Personnel: 564   Start Date: 8/17/2019 Firefighters have been helping Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) restore power and remove fire-damaged trees near power lines. They have made major progress this week are very close to having power fully restored. Slow, tedious mop […]

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September 1 McKinley Fire Willow Community Meeting

September 1st McKinley Fire Willow Community Meeting

Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will host a community meeting at Willow Elementary School on Sunday, September 1st, starting at 3:00PM. Following an update on the McKinley Fire, Incident Commander Norm McDonald will introduce Rocky Mountain Interagency Management Team as they prepare to take over management of the fire. Please join us for this important […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/26-7/27: Rain washing out daytime smoke, Upper Yukon still dry

Daytime air quality will be good to moderate across the state, with smoke expected to settle overnight and/or Saturday night in northern areas, lifting again in late morning. While rain has reached Fairbanks and North Pole, dry conditions persist in Upper Yukon. Conditions will be drying out around Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, increasing the […]

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Columns of smoke rise Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, from where a helicopter has dropped plastic spheres that ignite to catch a broad area black spruce on fire. The tactical firing operation is removing the fuels ahead of the Frozen Calf Fire (#367) to the northeast of Chalkyitsik. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Upper Yukon Zone: High potential for fire growth today

Fire continues to exhibit extreme behavior in parts of the Upper Yukon Zone, which continues to be one of the warmest areas in the state, with relative humidity between 20-30 percent. Continued warm temperatures have dried fuels considerably. Indices that measure fuels and how receptive they are to fire remain in the high to very […]

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Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires: Final Update, June 27, 2015

Stetson Creek Fire   Acres:  212   Containment:  90% Today’s objectives:  All crews are on the fire today for mop-up, rehabilitation of the line and removing surplus equipment. Minimal fire spread is projected for the next 24-hour period due to weather and implementation of suppression tactics.  On Sunday, June 28, the Chugach National Forest will assume management […]

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Alaska Joint Information Center now open.

5:15 p.m. – As a result of increased fire activity across the state, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center has activated a Joint Information Center in Fairbanks for the purpose of sharing fire information with the public. The Joint Information Center is an interagency cooperative effort by state and federal  fire management agencies. The Center may be contacted […]

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All Open Fires Prohibited in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Effective immediately, Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve officials are prohibiting the use of open fires in the preserve due to the high fire danger. No open campfires will be allowed in the preserve, but the use of gas grills and barbeques at campsites will be permitted. No ground fire of any type, including […]

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After ’13 Lake Clark NP Current Creek Fire, A Different Forest Emerges

After Fire a Different Forest During the dry summer of 2013, lightning ignited the Currant Creek fire 15 miles northeast of Port Alsworth in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. One year later, Alaska National Park Service regional wildland fire ecologists and crew visited the 1,900-acre burned area to determine the fire effects on vegetation and soils.  The crew […]

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Alaska’s official 2014 wildfire numbers

Here are the official statistics for the 2014 Alaska wildfire season as provided by the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. Totals Fires – 393 Acreage burned – 233,529.5 acres Causes Human – 339 fires, 222,905.9 acres Lightning – 54 fires, 10,623.6 acres Fire activity by protection agency Alaska Fire Service – […]

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Strong winds keep Alaska fire crews busy

June 1, 2014 2 p.m. (Fairbanks, AK) – Alaska experienced a rare weather phenomenon on Saturday, as the passage of a violent cold front brought prolonged southerly winds nearly statewide. Along with the passing of the front came a significant drop in relative humidity. Winds continued gusting to 40 mph or higher through late Saturday […]

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