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Columns of smoke rise Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, from where a helicopter has dropped plastic spheres that ignite to catch a broad area black spruce on fire. The tactical firing operation is removing the fuels ahead of the Frozen Calf Fire (#367) to the northeast of Chalkyitsik. Sam Harrel/Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Smoke Outlook for 7/19 – 7/20: Fire weather generally moderate; Upper Yukon still extreme

Cooler weather and rainfall have decreased fire activity in some Alaskan communities, while dry and warmer temperatures continue to promote fire activity elsewhere across the state. There are currently 215 fires burning across Alaska, producing varying amounts of smoke that has the potential to travel large distances in some cases. Residents who have known health […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/18 – 7/19: Smoke moving back into Southcentral communities

As activity at the Swan Lake Fire picks up, wind patterns are once again expected to push smoke into Cooper Landing and Sterling communities, typically during morning and evening times. Forecasters are calling for higher temps to begin making its way into Southcentral, with fire behavior and associated smoke levels also increasing relative to the […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/16 – 7/17: Increased temperatures will increase smoke conditions

Temperatures are forecasted to increase once again in the southern portion of the state including the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, and the Mat-Su valley. An increase in heat translates into lower relative humidity and more fire activity, which of course produces a greater amount of smoke. As a result, Cooper Landing is forecasted to see a […]

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MLK Fire in Anchorage 95 percent contained; crews still mopping up

The MLK Fire near Campbell Tract in East Anchorage remains at 25 acres and is currently 95% contained with 38 personnel still dedicated to working on it, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. On Thursday night, a Technical Support Unit from the Anchorage Police Department provided an aerial reconnaissance flight to the fire management […]

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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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Smoke rises from a wildfire in East Anchorage on Tuesday afternoon, July 2, 2019. Photo by Jason Jordet/Alaska Division of Forestry

Wildfire in East Anchorage 30 percent contained; evacuations lifted

A 25-acre wildfire that broke out in East Anchorage near the Campbell Creek Science Center on Tuesday afternoon was 30 percent contained as of 9:30 p.m., according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was reported at 4:45 p.m. and drew a quick, aggressive initial attack response from the Anchorage Fire Department and Alaska […]

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Cooler, wetter conditions produce minimal growth on Swan Lake Fire

Firefighters benefitted from cooler, wetter weather on Saturday where the Swan Lake Fire is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The moderating weather resulted in minimal fire growth, with the latest size estimate of 12,782 acres, an increase of only about 200 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Crews made progress improving […]

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Warm, dry weather pushes Swan Lake Fire to more than 12,500 acres

The Swan Lake Fire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge grew in size Friday, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading south and west toward the Sterling Highway. As of Friday night, the fire was estimated at 12,564 acres, an increase of more than 4,000 acres, according to th Alaska Divsion of Forestry. […]

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Five Alaska wildfire crews heading south to assist in western states

With wildfire season cooling down in Alaska and heating up in the western United States, the Alaska Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service are deploying a handful of initial attack crews to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts there. Five initial attack crews will board a National Interagency Coordination Center jet in […]

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East Fork Fire on Kenai Peninsula now estimated at 850 acres

A lightning-caused wildfire in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge more than doubled in size on Friday after increasing winds throughout the afternoon produced extreme fire behavior on the east and northeast sides of the fire. The latest size estimate on the East Fork Fire as of late Friday night was 850 acres. Most of the […]

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