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Wildfires have burned more than 500,000 acres in Alaska so far this season

Alaska surpassed the 500,000-acre mark in estimated acres burned by wildfires on Sunday. As of Monday morning, 303 fires have burned an estimated 503,257 acres for the season, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. Most of that burned acreage has been courtesy of several fires burning in remote locations in the northeastern […]

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Wildland fire managers urge caution with fire and fireworks over Fourth of July Weekend

As Alaska residents and visitors prepare to celebrate the Independence Day Weekend, the state’s wildland fire officials would like to remind the public to be extremely cautious with any activity that could ignite a wildfire. While this summer’s wildfire season has so far been relatively quiet in Alaska, there are areas of the state that […]

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Rain continues to subdue wildfires in southwest, western Alaska

All the wildfires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham have received varying amounts of precipitation over the past three days, moderating fire behavior and reducing the threat to villages and values at risk. Of the 124,714 acres burned in Alaska as of Sunday morning, 119,115 of those acres […]

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Alaska surpasses 100,000-acre mark as wildfire season heats up

Alaska’s wildfire season got off to a slow start but it’s been picking up speed during the last week and a half, due in large part to several lightning-caused fires burning in the southwest and western Alaska.   Alaska surpassed the 100,000-acre mark in acres burned for the season on Friday, according to the Alaska […]

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Rain takes edge off fire activity in southwest and western Alaska

Widespread rain has diminished wildfire activity in southwest and western Alaska the past two days, though several fires continue to burn and grow in size. Just about all the fires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area and the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena Zone received varying amounts of precipitation over the past […]

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Crews mopping up 15-acre wildfire next to Richardson Highway near Birch Lake

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are mopping up a 15-acre wildfire that closed the Richardson Highway near Birch Lake for a short time on Friday night. The MP 308.5 Richardson Hwy Fire was reported by a passing motorist on the north side of the highway at 6:25 p.m. Smoke and flames were […]

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Burn smart and be safe with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in Alaska and with it comes the potential for increased wildfire activity. The first holiday weekend of the summer traditionally leads to new wildfire starts caused by campfires, debris burning, barbecue grills, use of all-terrain vehicles, fireworks, target shooting and other favorite recreational activities people enjoy […]

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Wildfire on Kodiak Island draws response from State Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to a wildland fire on Kodiak Island Thursday afternoon. The 91-acre Saltrey Creek Fire was reported at approximately 12:30 p.m. by a member of the Womens Bay Fire Department. The fire was estimated at 5 acres and was burning up a steep mountainside about 15 miles southwest of the […]

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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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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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