Tag Archives: BLM Alaska Fire Service

Firefighters contain 8.5-acre wildfire started by lodge fire on Aniak River

Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters have contained an 8.5-acre wildfire started by a structure fire that burned down the Aniak River Lodge and several guest cabins on Tuesday. Eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers who initially responded to the fire Tuesday night were replaced by the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew early Wednesday […]

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Firefighters mopping up 5-acre wildfire started by fire that burned down Aniak River Lodge

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath station and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to a structure fire that burned down a lodge and multiple cabins on the Aniak River Tuesday night and then spread into the surrounding wildlands. The owner of the Aniak River Lodge reported the fire at 6 p.m. using an […]

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Firefighters take advantage of wetter, cooler weather to combat 50-acre Any Creek Fire near Fairbanks

Mother Nature lent a helping hand to firefighters working to contain the Any Creek Fire (#238) near Old Murphy Dome north of Fairbanks on Sunday but it remains to be seen how generous she will be. Rain, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity than forecast helped to keep fire behavior moderated on the estimated 50-acre […]

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Dry conditions prompt wildfire safety warnings for Memorial Day weekend

With extremely dry conditions persisting across much of Alaska, wildland fire managers are asking the public to be mindful of the potential for wildfires during Memorial Day weekend. “For many Alaskans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer,” Alaska Division of Forestry Wildland Fire & Aviation Program Manager Norm McDonald said. “We know […]

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10 members of the camp crew in Chalkyitsik.

Chalkyitsik Complex: Winds and falling tree hazard

Gusty winds up to 25 mph from the west will start the day Sunday and taper off midday. No rainfall is expected over the complex area Sunday and Monday. Falling trees with unstable root beds within the burned areas are a significant risk to firefighter safety and crews are conducting operational pauses when winds pick […]

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Swan Lake Incident Commander Brian Pisarek says Thank You

The Eastern Area Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will transfer command of the Swan Lake Fire to the a smaller, local IMT on Wednesday, July 31. This type 3 team will monitor the fire and finish the remaining work, which includes chipping and fireline repair. Incident Commander Brian Pisarek took a moment to thank […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex: active fire behavior continues

Chalkyitsik Complex – #466 (Tractor Trail 2 – #348, Frozen Calf Fire – #367, Bearnose Hill Fire – #407, and Tettjajik Creek #424) Start Date: 07/09/2019 Location: Chalkyitsik Area Cause: Lightning Fire Size: 482,953 acres Total Personnel: 333 The Alaska Type 2 Green Team with Incident Commander Norm McDonald assumed command of the fire at […]

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An overview map of the fires in the Cornucopia Complex for July 25, 2019.

Cornucopia Complex Fire Update for July 25

Wind and smoke were the driving forces behind the Cornucopia Complex, north of Beaver, Alaska, on Wednesday. Wind is determining whether burnout operations in three areas will happen. Smoke is impacting the movement of firefighters and supplies, on and off the line.   East winds 5 to 15 mph, temperatures in the 80’s and humidity at […]

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Cornucopia Complex Fire Update

All of the fires in the Cornucopia Complex were active yesterday but no significant movement was seen. Nearly all air operations were shut down because smoke made flying unsafe. Acreage on the fires listed below has not changed as the fires could not be flown and remapped due to smoke. Weather on the Cornucopia Complex […]

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Firefighters from the Yukon Flats Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Crew work inside a saw line that is designed to help protect allotments from the Chandalar River Fire. Hoses have been laid inside the saw line as well. PHOTO: Beth Ipsen/BLM Alaska Fire Service

Upper Yukon: Weather may allow burnout operations

Weather conditions today or tomorrow could finally allow firefighters to conduct planned burnout operations on three fires in the Upper Yukon Zone’s Cornucopia Complex: the Hadweenzic Fire (#337), the Tony Slough Fire (#493) and the Chandalar River Fire (#349). Firefighters have prepared for these burnout operations for more than a week, cutting line and laying […]

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