Yesterday afternoon as persistent sunshine continues to dry out Alaska, several new fire starts required initial attack. Jump ship 90 deployed six smokejumpers to the Walrus Islands Fire (#096). This is a group of islands located in the Bering Sea… Read More ›
Smokejumpers respond to grass and brush fire on eastern Aleutian island
BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers traveled more than 600 miles Thursday from Fairbanks to the eastern Aleutian Chain responding to the Danger Point Fire (#074) near Sand Point on Popof Island. The Sand Point Police Department reported the wildland fire… Read More ›
History of the fire beater
How Alaska smokejumper ingenuity led to the development of a tool widely used by Alaska wildland firefighters.
Firefighters gain ground containing two wildfires burning near Southwest Alaska villages
Firefighters are making good progress in containing two human-caused fires burning in Southwest Alaska, one near the village of Pilot Point on the Alaska Peninsula and one near the village of Akiachak on the Kuskokwim River. The Kiktak Island Fire… Read More ›
Firefighters continue work to contain Southwest Alaska wildfires near Pilot Point and Akiachak
Firefighters continue working to stamp out two human-caused wildfires burning in southwest Alaska, one near the coastal village of Pilot Point on the Alaska Peninsula and one near the village of Akiachak along the Kuskokwim River. Twelve smokejumpers from the… Read More ›
Smokejumpers deployed to wildfire threatening fish camp, allotments on Kuskokwim River near Akiachak
The Alaska Division of Forestry deployed 12 smokejumpers on an estimated 100-acre wildfire burning near the village of Akiachak in southwest Alaska Tuesday afternoon to protect a fish camp and Native allotments surrounding the fire. The smokejumpers, from the BLM… Read More ›
Wildfire near Pilot Point on Alaska Peninsula grows to 500 acres but no longer a threat to village
A wildfire that ignited as a result of an escaped dump fire near the village of Pilot Point on the Alaska Peninsula is now estimated to be at least 500 acres but all immediate threats to the village have been… Read More ›
First line of fireline EMTs
Having qualified and capable medical first responders among initial attack firefighters directly on the fireline is crucial to treating trauma in the field, especially in Alaska. Organized by BLM AFS, this three-week Basic EMT class is routinely offered to AFS and State of Alaska wildland firefighters who may be the only ones working on a remote fire.
Smokejumpers respond to two new fires in Interior Alaska
BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers responded to two fires in rural Alaska in the last few days, emphasizing dry conditions still exist in some areas despite the wet, cold weather present in other regions. The Richmond Fire (#338) burning 39 miles north of Bettles is suspected of being human caused. It’s a reminder that people still need to be careful that their outdoor activities don’t ignite a fire.
No new fires started, rain helps firefighters in northeastern Interior Alaska
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Rain helped cool all four staffed fires in northeastern Interior (including the Isom Creek Fire (#187) burning near the Dalton Highway Yukon River Crossing) helping firefighters make progress toward containment. No new fires were sparked yesterday in… Read More ›