Tag Archives: BLM Alaska Fire Service

Early-season lightning strikes spark wildfires in Interior

Lightning has officially entered Alaska’s wildfire equation. Over the past two weeks, almost 5,000 lightning strikes have been recorded across Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks, which tracks daily lightning activity in Alaska. That number includes approximately 2,400 lightning strikes recorded on Monday, the highest single-day total of the season. There […]

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Rash of human-caused fires ushers in Alaska wildfire season; burn suspensions issued, caution advised

Wildfire season arrived in earnest over the weekend with a spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused. One of […]

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Wildfire near Tok now estimated at 730 acres

A wildfire southeast of Tok had grown to an estimated 730 acres as of late Monday night and firefighters will be trying to keep it in check today with another day of near-record high temperatures forecast in the eastern Interior. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) is burning approximately 38 miles southeast of Tok and 16 […]

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Wildfire southeast of Tok now estimated at 150 acres despite ongoing suppression efforts

A wildfire southeast of Tok has grown to approximately 150 acres as firefighters on the ground and in the air continue efforts to corral the fire, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was reported as a 20-acre fire at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday. The fire is approximately 38 miles […]

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Wildfire southeast of Tok drawing swift response from state forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry is currently responding to a wildfire southeast of Tok. The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was reported as a 20-acre fire at approximately 12:45 p.m. Monday. The fire is approximately 38 miles southeast of Tok and 16 miles southwest of the village of Northway. The smoke column is clearly visible from […]

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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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Fire activity moderates on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires

Scattered rain showers over night were reported on portions of the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires. Forecasted weather calls for mostly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms over the area of both fires today. Smokejumpers are positioned on Iksgiza Lake to assess and prepare cabins for structure protection should the need arise. Firefighters continue […]

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Wildfire update: Activity increases on Zitziana River, Mooseheart fires; other fires winding down

An increase in fire activity was observed on the both the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Sunday afternoon. Significant activity was reported on the southeast and northwest corners of the Zitziana River Fire. The Mooseheart Fire, just to the west of the Zitziana, also became more active; mainly on it’s eastern side. An […]

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Round up of Alaska wildland fires

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and patchy cloud cover has moderated fire behavior on the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires burning west of Fairbanks. The 144 personnel assigned to the two fires have completed a pump and hose lay for an indirect fireline, continue with their mop up of firelines around the cabins […]

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Alaska firefighters wrapping up work on several wildland fires

Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters continue work on six staffed wildfires across Alaska. Cooler, wetter weather has moderated fire activity around the state allowing work to be completed on several of the fires. Here is a round up of the staffed fires currently in Alaska: Mooseheart Fire (#204) and Zitziana […]

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