Tag Archives: Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

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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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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