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An aerial photo of the Steeple Fire burning east of Eagle River on Monday, August 12, 2019. Firefighters from the Mat-Su Area Forestry are hiking into the fire, which is located near Mount Baldy, about one-half mile from Steeple Drive. Photo by Mat-Su Area helitack.

State forestry responding to small wildfire east of Eagle River near Mount Baldy

UPDATE 4 p.m. An air tanker has successfully boxed in the Steeple Fire with a retardant drop and another tanker drop of a water-enhanced suppressant called BlazeTamer was dropped directly on the fire to knock down the flames. Both drops were effective in calming fire behavior. A helicopter is continuing to make water drops on […]

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Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry haul hose and other supplies down a trail to access and mop up the M.L.K. Fire in East Anchorage on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Bishop/Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters begin mopping up 25-acre wildfire in East Anchorage

Two 20-person crews and additional firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are working today to contain the 25-acre M.L.K. Fire (#423) in East Anchorage. The fire, which began yesterday afternoon near the Campbell Tract, is holding at 25 acres and 30 percent containment. Aircraft dropping water and retardant helped to stop the spread of […]

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Smaller team managing Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; three new fire starts

A small contingent of firefighters remain on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Friday morning as command transfers to a Type 4 management organization. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers have been reducing the number of firefighters providing point protection for cabins and allotments in the areas around 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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Dry conditions in Southcentral Alaska spark wildfires

A spate of wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska on Thursday is proof that wildland fire season has arrived in Alaska, even though much of the northern half of the state remains covered in snow. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office in Palmer responded to six small wildfires on Thursday – five in the […]

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State Forestry continues battling fire along traffic-snarled Seward Highway

July 19, 7:30 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry continues to battle a wildfire burning just south of Anchorage that is visible from the Seward Highway and snarling traffic on one of Alaska’s most scenic byways. The McHugh Fire is estimated at 500-600 acres and is burning along a ridge top and in drainages […]

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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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McHugh Fire pushes up against Seward Highway; traffic down to one lane

Anchorage – July 19, 8:45 a.m. – Fire activity on the McHugh Fire burning south of Anchorage along the Seward Highway south of Anchorage picked up significantly late Monday night and made a push toward the Seward Highway early Tuesday morning. The fire bumped up against the highway between miles 108 and 113 at approximately […]

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Firefighters begin mop-up operations on Eagle River fire

May 28, 10 a.m. – Here’s an Alaska Division of Forestry update on the Hiland Fire near Eagle River: The fire is still estimated at 25 acres and is 100 percent contained. Crews worked well into the night to ensure the fire did not grow and were back on the line at 8 a.m. today […]

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Firefighters gaining control of wildfire near Eagle River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Anchorage Fire Department are aggressively attacking a small wildfire near Eagle River and are confident they will bring it under control this evening. The Hiland Fire is located on the south side of Eagle River drainage, just south of Briggs Bridge and about 1 mile from the […]

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