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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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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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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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New burn permits required starting April 1

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Alaska Division of Forestry reminds residents that general burn permits for open debris burning and the use of burn barrels are required starting April 1 in areas under state wildland fire protection. Burn permits are required annually and residents must obtain a new permit at the start of each season. Burn […]

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Alaskans head to southeastern U.S. to help battle wildfires

Fairbanks – Nov. 7, 2016 – 4:15 p.m. -Alaska’s state and federal wildfire suppression agencies are deploying personnel to the Lower 48 to help battle wildfires in the drought-stricken southeastern U.S. In the last two weeks, more than a dozen personnel from state and federal agencies in Alaska have been sent to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, […]

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Southwest Alaska fire update for July 21

There are currently 32 fires actively burning in the McGrath protection area in Southwest Alaska. Despite varied amounts of rain across the area, wildfires continue to grow. Most of these active fires are growing slowly with minimal to moderate fire behavior. Fire managers continue to prioritize the protection of cabins, remote sites and allotments. Identified […]

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Change in weather helps firefighters get foothold on wildfire near Salcha River

July 16, 5:45 p.m. – Mother Nature continued to aid firefighters working to suppress a wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks on Saturday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. A change in wind direction on Friday afternoon helped push the Mid Salcha Fire away from the river and cabins. […]

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Tok River Fire now estimated at more than 700 acres

July 15, 8:20 p.m. – The Tok River Fire is now estimated to be 728 acres following a reconnaissance flight early Friday evening and the fire is still being held south of the Tok River, about 1 ½ miles south of the Tok Cutoff Highway. The Tok River Fire is burning about 8 miles southwest of […]

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State and federal agencies assessing lightning-caused wildfires; more fires expected today

July 15, 1 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service are in the process of gathering information on the large number of wildfires around the state that have been started by lightning strikes the past two days. There have been more than 80 new fires started in the past two […]

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Rain slows spread of 10,500-acre Medfra Fire in Southwest Alaska

A wildfire burning in remote Southwest Alaska is now estimated at almost 10,500 acres but fire behavior has moderated considerably as a result of rain, cooler temperatures and rising relative humidity. The latest acreage estimate for the Medfra Fire as of late Wednesday night was 10,488 acres. The fire is burning approximately 50 miles northeast […]

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