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Southwest Area Wildfire Update: More new lightning-caused fires; firefighters protecting two gold mines, one village, cabins and allotments

Eleven new lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area on Friday and more new fires are anticipated as a result of thousands of lightning strikes over the past three days. More than 1,500 lightning strikes were recorded in Alaska on Friday, down considerably from the two days previous when 10,000 […]

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Lightning ignites dozens of new wildfires in Southwest Alaska; more expected with more lightning

Widespread lightning has started at least 30 new fires since Thursday in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area around McGrath. A Red Flag Warning remained in effect for most of Southwest Area for more lightning on Friday and fire managers anticipate finding more new starts in coming days as a result of the recent […]

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This map shows the location of the approximately 10,000 lightning strikes that were detected in Alaska on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. A dozen new lightning-caused wildfires were reprted in Southwest Alaska on Wednesday.

Lightning strikes spark dozen new wildfires in Southwest Alaska on Wednesday

The Division of Forestry is actively managing numerous new and existing wildfires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Twelve new, lightning-caused fire starts were reported in the wake of widespread thunderstorms Wednesday, increasing the number of active fires in the Southwest Area to 29. Red Flag warnings remain in effect for most of Southwest Alaska today for […]

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Lightning sparks multiple new wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Three new lightning-caused fires were reported in Southwest Alaska on Sunday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 10 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Division of Forestry office in McGrath. Five fires have been extinguished by Division of Forestry firefighters while 10 fires are currently burning in […]

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Wildfire near Fairbanks is fully contained; work continues on wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters completed mop-up work on a wildfire about 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks on Friday. All 62 personnel that remained on the 116-acre Livingston Fire (#113) were flown off the fire early Friday afternoon after it was declared 100 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire started on Sunday in the Rosie Creek area and threatened five […]

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State forestry managing 119-acre wildfire southwest of McGrath

Wildland firefighters are managing a lightning-caused wildfire that was reported late Saturday morning about 150 miles southwest of McGrath, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Paimiut Fire, named after the nearby Paimiut Slough, is estimated at 119 acres. Six smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service were dropped on the fire Saturday afternoon […]

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Alaska fires have burned more than 5 million acres

The 2015 Alaska fire season reached another milestone Friday by surpassing the 5-million- mark in the number of acres burned so far this season. According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s daily situation report released on Friday, a total of 743 fires have burned 5,013,053.4 acres to date. That total ranks the 2015 fire season […]

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Southwest Area Fire updates, July 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 11, 2015 FIRE REPORT, SOUTHWEST AREA, July 11, 2015 FIRES Two observation flights per day are checking fires in Southwest Alaska. The most recent observations show that activity on a number of fires is moderating due to less wind, lower temperatures and, in some cases, a little rain. RAIN It will […]

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