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Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry haul hose and other supplies down a trail to access and mop up the M.L.K. Fire in East Anchorage on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Bishop/Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters begin mopping up 25-acre wildfire in East Anchorage

Two 20-person crews and additional firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are working today to contain the 25-acre M.L.K. Fire (#423) in East Anchorage. The fire, which began yesterday afternoon near the Campbell Tract, is holding at 25 acres and 30 percent containment. Aircraft dropping water and retardant helped to stop the spread of […]

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State forestry firefighting crews head south to help in Lower 48

Fairbanks, AK) – With rain dampening wildfire activity in much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry has begun sending personnel to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts in several western states. Approximately 150 Alaska firefighters from the Division of Forestry have been sent south or will be leaving in the next […]

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2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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Support from Lower 48, Canada are key to Alaska firefighting efforts

Normally, it’s tourists who flock to Alaska from the Lower 48 in the summer. This year, it’s been firefighters and other firefighting personnel. With Alaska on pace to set a new record for the number of acres burned by wildfires, the state has had to reach out to Lower 48 states for resources to supplement […]

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