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 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 ›
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 ›
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.
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.
(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 ›
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Smokejumpers, aided by water-scooping aircraft, were able to get around a new lightning-caused fire burning 25 miles northeast of Venetie today. The Flooded Lake Fire (#288) was one of two new-lightning caused fires Thursday in the BLM… Read More ›
(Fairbanks, Alaska) –Fire behavior was relatively calm in northeastern Alaska but gusty winds overnight stirred some fire behavior. Lightning ignited one new fire burning on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Three fires are staffed in northeastern Interior Alaska, but… Read More ›
(Fairbanks, Alaska) –Weather has cooperated with firefighters in northeastern Alaska, allowing firefighters to make significant progress on fires. Scattered showers, higher relative humidity and light winds reduced fire activity, but conditions remain extremely dry in the Yukon Flats. For the… Read More ›