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A burnout operation on the 31,705-acre Aggie Creek Fire along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks on July 16, 2015. Photo by Phillip Spor

Report: Human-caused climate change increases likelihood of severe fire seasons in Alaska

A report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly (34-60%) due to human-caused climate change. The 2015 Alaska fire season burned the second largest number of acres in Alaska […]

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A Convair CV580 air tanker from the Alaska Division of Forestry drops a load of retardant on the 777-acre McHugh Fire on Sunday, July 17, 2016. The McHugh Fire was the highest profile fire of the season for the Alaska Division of Forestry, causing delays on the Seward Highway and threatning more than 100 homes in sudvisions along the highway. Photo by Shiloh Powell

2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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More lightning means more wildfires in Interior, Southwest

July 16, 4:45 p.m. – It was another busy day for wildland firefighting personnel in Alaska on Friday. Thirty-three new fires were recorded around the state – 17 in BLM Alaska Fire Service protection areas, 15 in Alaska Division of Forestry protection areas and one in U.S. Forest Service protection. Nearly all the new fires […]

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Abundant precip means low fire potential for July, August and September in Alaska

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s wildland fire forecast for July is for below normal for southern Alaska and normal for northern Alaska. The forecast for August through October is for normal fire potential. Factors:  Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook maps continue to indicate a high likelihood of warmer than normal temperatures across the all […]

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Celebrate safely this Fourth of July weekend

Independence Day Weekend is a cause for celebration but it also can be the cause of wildland fires. Alaska’s interagency wildfire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious this holiday weekend with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. While many areas of the state have received wide-spread precipitation in recent days, […]

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Lightning sparks multiple new wildfires across Alaska; more fires expected

Several new wildland fires were reported in Alaska on Saturday as a result of widespread lightning that stretched across the middle of the state from Southwest Alaska to the Canadian border. The state received approximately 8,000 lightning strikes and 18 new lightning-caused fires were reported, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. Another round of […]

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High fire danger requires vigilance over Solstice Weekend

June 17, 2016 – With the hottest temperatures of the summer heading into Solstice Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska are urging extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Hot, dry weather for the last week has resulted in very high to extreme fire danger around much of the state, particularly […]

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Be safe with wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Alaska and with it comes increased wildfire activity. While Alaska has already had 150 wildfires reported this year, all the fires thus far have been small blazes that have been quickly brought under control. The first holiday weekend of the summer, however, traditionally leads to […]

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Alaska’s monthly fire potential outlook

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s predictive services desk released it’s Alaska Monthly Fire Potential Outlook on Monday and its pretty much an echo of what we’ve been hearing all winter: Expect an early start to the wildland fire season. Forecast: • The forecast for March is normal across all of Alaska, as there is little […]

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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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