Tag Archives: Alaska

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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Alaska wildland fires from 2015 still pose risks this year

A year after the second-largest fire season on record in Alaska, the 2015 fire season is still smoking. The Alaska Division of Forestry has detected 16 “holdover” fires so far this season, including one on Saturday that ignited the 8,130-acre Medfra Fire now burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska. Holdover fires are just […]

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Escaped burn barrel fire in Mat-Su Valley destroys shed; illustrates importance of safe burning

The Alaska Division of Forestry got its first wildfire call of the season on Monday in the Mat-Su Valley when a fire in an unattended burn barrel with an inadequate fire break escaped into the wildland. The fire, at a home on Thunder Cloud Drive off Pittman Road, caught a nearby shed on fire, causing […]

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NPS seeks public input for proposed wildland fire management plans in 4 Alaska parks

The National Park Service is soliciting public input on the proposed development of fire management plans for 28 park units nationwide including four in Alaska — Glacier Bay, Klondike Gold Rush, Kenai Fjords and Aniakchak. The NPS has prepared a scoping document that explains the purpose and need for developing a wildland fire management plan […]

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2015 season approaching the 700-fire mark

While the 2015 Alaska fire season is closing in on the 5-million-acre mark and already ranks among the top 5 largest wildfire seasons on record – we’re at No. 4 right now and less than 200,000 acres from No. 2 – we still have a ways to go before this year challenges the record for […]

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