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Photo of Members of the North Star Type 2 hand crew pick up brush piles in the village of Chalkyitsik, Alaska, on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Firefighters have completed their structure protection setup in the community of 57 residents. The Frozen Calf Fire (#367) and the Bearnose Hill Fire (#407) continue to grow toward the village. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Upper Yukon Zone remains warm and dry

Hot and dry conditions remain over most areas of the Upper Yukon Zone. Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 80s over the next several days. Winds will generally be out of the west at 5-10 mph. Some isolated thunderstorms are still possible, but if they materialize, they will be accompanied by moisture. Gusty winds […]

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Wildfire smoke as seen from Mile 2 Chena Hot Springs Road on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Know the health risks of wildfire smoke and take precautions during air advisories

Smoke produced by several active wildfires has resulted in air quality advisories for many regions of the state in recent weeks, including Southeast, Southwest, Southcentral, Central and the Eastern Interior of Alaska. Alaskans should check for air quality advisories on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Air Quality Advisories/Episodes web page (or sign up […]

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Campfires Restricted/Prohibited to Developed Campsites and Cabins within Enclosed Metal Fire Grates or Designated Fire Rings

In response to the current high fire danger throughout the state of Alaska, effective immediately and until further notice, open campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds or cabins within enclosed metal fire grates or designated fire rings provided at developed recreational facilities within the Northern, Mat-Su, Chugach/Southwest, Kodiak and Kenai Regions of Alaska State Parks; […]

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Don’t be fooled by the numbers or weather, there’s still time for the 2018 fire season to blow up

While the 2018 wildfire season so far has been relatively tame by Alaska standards, there is still time for that to change. All you have to do is look at Alaska’s two biggest fire seasons – 2004 and 2015 – to come to that conclusion. The number of acres burned by wildfires in Alaska this […]

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Lightning strikes spark dozens of new wildfires across Alaska

After a slow start due to a cool and extended spring, Alaska’s wildfire season has begun in earnest as a result of warmer temperatures that has produced thousands of lightning strikes across the state the past two days. A total of 47 new fires were reported around the state on Monday and Tuesday, according to […]

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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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