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Fireworks ban lifted in Western Alaska but still in effect for most of state

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in consultation with the State Forester’s Office and in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, has canceled the fireworks sales and use suspension in Western Alaska, including Dillingham, Bethel, McGrath, Nome, Kotzebue and surrounding communities.Until further notice, fireworks sales and use suspensions remain in effect in the […]

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Firefighters finish work on three wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters have wrapped up work on three lightning-caused wildfires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area around Bethel, Dillingham and McGrath.. The White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew is scheduled to be demobilized from the Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) on Tuesday after spending the past two days gridding the 24-acre fire […]

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Firefighters continue work on Southwest Alaska fires

One new lightning-caused wildfire was reported in the Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area on Friday. The 55-acre Sunshine Mountains fire is located in a Limited protection area approximately 35 miles northeast of McGrath. The fire was reported by a state forestry aircraft at around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The fire is actually two fires that […]

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Firefighters working to contain wildfires near Nikolai and Bethel

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office responded to two new lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska on Thursday, one near Nikolai and one near Bethel. The Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) was reported by a resident in the village of Nikolai at around 5 p.m. The fire was located in a Full protection area. Helitack […]

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Lightning-caused wildfires keeping firefighters busy in Southwest Alaska

Lightning strikes ignited five new wildfires in the area around Bethel, McGrath and Dillingham on Wednesday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 20, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office. Firefighters are actively working to suppress three of those fires, two of which are burning in […]

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Fire that escaped village dump in southwest Alaska is contained at 28 acres

Wildland firefighters on Friday completed work on a 28-acre fire that escaped from the dump in the village of Kongnignanohk in southwest Alaska. Division of Forestry personnel in McGrath were alerted to the fire by modis imagery on Wednesday and contacted the Knognignanohk Traditional Council to check on it. Forestry personnel were told that the […]

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State forestry still contending with multiple fires in Southwest Alaska

The Alaska Division of Forestry continues work on containing and monitoring multiple lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska. As of Thursday evening, there were 15 active fires that had burned more than 42,000 acres in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area, which encompasses 88 million acres from McGrath to Dillingham. Seven fires are burning in […]

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Firefighters bounce from one wildfire to another in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters are leap frogging from one fire to another to protect villages, cabins and other structures in Southwest Alaska after more than a dozen new wildfires were started by lightning strikes in the past three days. The Alaska Division of Forestry reports that as of Wednesday morning there are 15 active fires burning in the […]

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