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Warm, dry weather increases activity on Zitziana River Fire

Thursday’s near-record warm temperatures led to an increase of fire activity along the north and northwest corner of the Zitziana River Fire (#133). Late in the afternoon, isolated group torching and some limited spotting was observed along the Zitziana River. The nearby Mooseheart Fire (#204) showed limited fire activity. The two lightning-caused wildfires burning approximately […]

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Firefighters on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires continue mopping up, building line

Despite hotter, drier conditions, there was not a significant increase in fire activity Wednesday on two wildfires burning approximately 100 miles west of Fairbanks and 8 miles south of Manley Hot Springs. There was no increase in size reported on either the Zitziana River Fire (#133) or Mooseheart Fire (#204). The Zitziana River Fire remains […]

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Multiple aircraft help smokejumpers confine wildfire near Harding Lake to 3 acres

An aggressive aerial assault helped firefighters on the ground corral a small wildfire about 40 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 6 miles northeast of Harding Lake on Wednesday evening. An Alaska Division of Forestry engine crew patrolling near Harding Lake reported the Mosquito Creek Fire (#262) at 6 p.m. after spotting smoke in the area. […]

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Hotter, drier weather could increase fire activity on Zitziana and Mooseheart fires

Weather conditions remained favorable and provided a chance for fire managers to strategically relocate some of the 152 personnel working on the Zitziana River Fire (#133) and Mooseheart Fire (#204) on Tuesday. The two lightning-caused fires started June 4 and June 6, respectively. The fires are burning about 3 miles apart south of the Tanana […]

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No new growth reported on Zitziana and Mooseheart fires

Cloudy, damp conditions made for another uneventful day on the Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires west of Fairbanks on Monday. No growth was reported on either of the two lightning-caused wildfires burning approximately 8 miles south of Manley Hot Springs and firefighters spent another day mopping up around structures that were threatened by the fire […]

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Smoky conditions expected to continue in eastern and central Interior

Smoke from wildfires in the central and western Interior continues to drift into the Tanana Valley and surrounding areas and is expected to persist into the weekend. The smoke is being produced primarily by the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires that are burning about eight miles south of Manley Hot Springs and about […]

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Don’t be fooled by the numbers or weather, there’s still time for the 2018 fire season to blow up

While the 2018 wildfire season so far has been relatively tame by Alaska standards, there is still time for that to change. All you have to do is look at Alaska’s two biggest fire seasons – 2004 and 2015 – to come to that conclusion. The number of acres burned by wildfires in Alaska this […]

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Wildfire near Fairbanks is fully contained; work continues on wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters completed mop-up work on a wildfire about 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks on Friday. All 62 personnel that remained on the 116-acre Livingston Fire (#113) were flown off the fire early Friday afternoon after it was declared 100 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire started on Sunday in the Rosie Creek area and threatened five […]

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More lightning means more wildfires in western, southwestern Alaska

Wildfire activity in Alaska continues to escalate as a result of thousands of lightning strikes in the western and southwestern parts of the state. Many of the new fires detected Wednesday are in remote areas designated as Limited protection zones and pose no threat. Those fires will be monitored by air. Fire officials describe the fire activity […]

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Lightning strikes spark dozens of new wildfires across Alaska

After a slow start due to a cool and extended spring, Alaska’s wildfire season has begun in earnest as a result of warmer temperatures that has produced thousands of lightning strikes across the state the past two days. A total of 47 new fires were reported around the state on Monday and Tuesday, according to […]

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