Tag Archives: BLM Alaska Fire Service

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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Alaska Interagency Coordination Center experiencing technical difficulties

As you may have noticed if you tried to log on to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center or BLM Alaska Fire Service websites today, we are experiencing technical difficulties preventing access to either site. As a result, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) may not be able to publish a daily situation report tomorrow morning, […]

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James Lilly, front, and other crew members of the 20-man White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, boards a helicopter at Fairbanks Area Forestry on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 to be shuttled in to the Caribou Creek Fire. Photo by Tim Mowry/Alaska Division of Forestry

White Mountain Crew joins fight to contain Caribou Creek Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry continued its aggressive response to a wildfire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks on Wednesday by adding another crew to the roster of crews already battling the blaze. The 20-man White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew joined four other crews already on scene working to contain the 270-acre […]

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Water and retardant drops help keep Caribou Creek Fire in check

With the help of water and retardant drops by aircraft, fire activity on the Caribou Creek Fire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks has moderated considerably. The fire continues to smolder and creep with some isolated torching but fire behavior has mellowed since the fire was reported early Sunday night. The fire is actually […]

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Smoke from Caribou Creek Fire blows into Fairbanks; more resources enroute to fire

Fairbanks area residents awoke to the smell of smoke Monday morning as a result of a wildfire burning 25 miles to the east of town. The Caribou Creek Fire (#255) is burning about 7 ½ miles north of Mile 18 Chena Hot Springs Road. As of 11 p.m. Sunday, the fire was estimated at 500 […]

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More lightning produces more wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Wildland firefighters are scrambling to respond to multiple lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska as a result of thunderstorms the past four days. As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 13 new wildfires were reported in the area around McGrath and Dillingham – five on Tuesday and eight on Wednesday – bringing the total number of current active […]

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State forestry mopping up two lightning-caused wildfires in southwest, monitoring four others

Wildland firefighters continue work to mop up two lightning-caused fires in southwest Alaska while the State Division of Forestry is monitoring four other fires in the area started by lightning in the past two days. An eight-person initial attack squad from the village of Shageluk was mobilized Wednesday to replace eight smokejumpers from the BLM […]

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Lightning ignites multiple wildfires on Kenai Peninsula

More than 50 wildland firefighters are responding to a 121-acre wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula, one of several wildfires on the Peninsula started by lightning associated with afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday. The Tustumena Lake Fire (#179) is located in the Caribou Hills approximately 30 miles south of Soldotna. The fire was discovered at 6 p.m. by […]

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Lightning sparks new wildfires in southwest Alaska

A rash of lightning sparked three new wildfires in southwest Alaska on Tuesday, two of which the Alaska Division of Forestry is working to suppress and one that is being monitored. Approximately 3,700 lightning strikes were detected across Alaska on Tuesday, most of which was concentrated in southwest Alaska in a north-south line between Bristol […]

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Wildfire near village on Kuskokwim River draws vigorous response from state forestry

Wildland firefighters are working to contain and mop up an 80-acre wildfire reported Friday afternoon in western Alaska near the village of Napaimute on the Kuskokwim River. The Kolmakof River Fire was reported by local residents and passing aircraft at approximately 4:40 p.m. as a 5-acre wildfire burning on the north bank of the river […]

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