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Map of the evacuation area for McKinley Fire on Aug. 17, 2019.

State forestry still working to contain wildfires near Talkeetna and Willow; no structures lost, evacuations in place, highway open

More firefighters have arrived to help the Alaska Division of Forestry work on containing two wildfires burning about 20 miles apart on opposite sides of the Parks Highway near Willow and Talkeetna. The McKinley Fire (#738) is burning near Mile 91 on the east side of the Parks Highway while the Deshka Landing Fire (#736) […]

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Nugget Creek Fire July 17 update: Rain on Tuesday slows fire growth

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) received rain over the fire area yesterday morning (July 16), slowing fire growth. The fire is approximately 19,000 acres with growth occurring mainly on the south and east flank, away from Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road. Moderate fire behavior was observed on Tuesday but personnel monitoring the fire […]

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Minimal activity reported on Nugget Creek Fire east of Fairbanks

Fire managers flew over the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) area on Saturday evening and reported minimal growth of the fire perimeter, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Visible smoke in the area is largely due to the consumption of unburned pockets of fuel within the fire interior. Fire activity along the northern edge near […]

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Nugget Creek Fire grows to almost 16,000 acres; crosses South Fork Chena River

Strong winds out of the west increased fire activity along the southeastern edge of the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) on Thursday night, followed by sustained rains throughout Friday that slowed fire progress. The fire has crossed the South Fork Chena River at the southern point and burned into the 2013 Stuart Creek Fire scar. Smoke […]

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Light smoke from the Nugget Creek Fire burning in the Chena River State Recreation Area rises near the Chena River along Chena Hot Springs Road on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Nugget Creek Fire still smoldering east of Fairbanks

The Nugget Creek Fire experienced minimal growth on Tuesday thanks to cloud cover and cooler temperatures. Fire behavior on Tuesday was described as backing and creeping with isolated tree torching. A reconnaissance flight of the fire revealed considerable heat in the interior of the fire and a 70 percent active perimeter, according to the Alaska […]

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Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry's Fairbanks Area office watch from a gravel bar as the Nugget Creek Fire backs down a hillside toward the Chena River near Mile 37.7 Chena Hot Springs Road on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Better mapping puts Nugget Creek Fire at estimated 6,900 acres

Firefighters were able to get a better look at the Nugget Creek Fire from the air on Monday and the new acreage estimate for the fire burning east of Fairbanks in the Chena River State Recreation Area is 6,900 acres, more than double the previous estimate, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The lightning-caused […]

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The east side of the Nugget Creek Fire backing north toward the Chena River as seen on Sunday, June 30. Photo by Omar Sutherland/Alaska Division of Forestry

Nugget Creek Fire growing but still south of Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road

Firefighters on Sunday flew the fire and used infrared imaging capabilities to update the fire’s perimeter after it made a 3-mile run Saturday along the Chena Hot Springs River near mile 37.7 Chena Hot Springs Road. The fire, burning in a limited protection area in the Chena River State Recreation Area, is now estimated at […]

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Crews fighting to keep Shovel Creek Fire within containment lines; Nugget Creek Fire grows to 1,550 acres

On Thursday, the Shovel Creek Fire continued to burn actively in black spruce within the Shovel Creek basin. Despite cooler temperatures, increased cloud cover, and light winds, some individual and group tree torching did occur. As of Friday morning, the fire was estimated at 2,307 acres, an increase of about 700 acres, accoding to the […]

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Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska Division of Forestry join forces to build fire break in Eagle River

The Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) is teaming up with the Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) to help the residents of an at-risk subdivision prepare for a wildfire by constructing a shaded fuel break. The Eagle River subdivision is located on Denaina Drive and Kulchay Circle. A wildfire in this area could quickly spread in the […]

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McHugh Fire along Seward Highway grows to 500-600 acres; traffic delayed on Seward Highway

July 19, 12:45 p.m. -The Alaska Division of Forestry is now estimating the McHugh Creek Fire burning south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway at 500-600 acres. The Seward Highway remains reduced to one-lane traffic with a pilot car from mileposts 108-113 and motorists should expect long delays – up to an hour – if […]

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