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Saw line completed along Cleary Creek drainage – Hess Creek Fire update 7/17/19

Crews made excellent progress placing saw line from the Elliott Highway north to the Cleary Creek drainage to tie into an already burned area of the #HessCreekFire. This line will provide a solid anchor point to begin firing operations should firefighters need to conduct burnout operations along the Elliott Highway. Today, crews will likely begin […]

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Hazardous Trees along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/12/19

Current Situation:  The two spot fires from the #HessCreekFire that crossed the Elliott Highway on Tuesday grew by five additional acres by the time firefighters finished constructing line Thursday evening. Suppression efforts were impeded by hazardous trees, which continued to fall across the fire line. Firefighters not engaged in full suppression of these spots on […]

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State forestry monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok, one of which is visible from the Alaska Highway near the Canada border. The biggest of the three fires, the McArthur Creek Fire (#133), was reported on Tuesday and was estimated at 3,000 acres as of Thursday. It is located approximately 2 […]

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Fire activity on Taixtsalda Hill Fire wanes with cooler, wetter weather; downsizing to begin today

Cloudy, cooler weather continues to help moderate fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire burning southeast of Tok. The fire, which started on July 23, is now estimated at 27,194 acres in size, an increase of 5,194 acres. However, the increase in acreage is due to better mapping rather than increased fire activity, according to […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire gains another 2,000 acres; tops 20,000-acre mark

The hot and dry weather on Tuesday supported active fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357)  burning southeast of Tok. The fire is now estimated at 20,500 acres, an increase of 2,100 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest […]

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Firefighters conduct successful burnouts around allotments on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior was active again on Monday and the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) southeast of Tok grew by another 3,000 acres. The fire is now estimated at 18,406 acres, an increase of approximately 3,000 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of […]

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Crews continue allotment protection on 15,200-acre Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok has grown to 15,200 acres as of Sunday evening, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles southeast of Tok. A Type 3 incident management team based in […]

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Firefighters continue prepping allotments for possible burnout operation on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Firefighters continue to set up protection measures around Native allotments and cabins threatened by the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) in hopes of conducting burnout operations to widen and reinforce containment lines around them. The latest size estimate for the Taixtsalda Hill Fire is 14,428 acres, a decrease of more than 500 acres from Saturday, according […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire still growing; now estimated at 15,000 acres

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok continued to grow on Friday due to hot, dry conditions and is now estimated at 15,000 acres, an increase of approximately 2,000 acres from Friday. Most of the new growth on Friday occurred on the north end of the fire as the result of a 1-mile […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire grows to 13,000 acres; public meetings planned in Northway, Tok

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southwest of Northway continues to grow due to hot, dry and windy conditions that have persisted for the last week in the eastern Interior. The fire is now estimated at 13,000 acres, an increase of 1,000 acres from Thursday. The fire started on Monday and is burning in a […]

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