Tag Archives: Caribou Creek Fire
E.T. Collinsworth is a medic on the Hadweenzic River Fire east end. Photo by Geoff Liesk, Alaska Interagency Fire Information Center

Alaska Fire Medic program: Taking care of firefighters in the field

Wildland firefighters face all kinds of hazards during fire season. When firefighters fall ill or get injured, getting them needed medical care is not a matter of simply calling 911. The nearest hospital is often a 300-mile flight away, pushing medical care to another level of urgency in Alaska. Something as simple as a blister […]

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The burn scar of the Caribou Creek Fire as seen on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in this photo taken by incident commander Thomas Krock as he flew off the fire. The bare circle in the bottom of the photo is a helicopter landing zone that was cut out by firefighters. Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters wrap up work on Caribou Creek Fire north of Two Rivers

After nearly a month of hard work, firefighters on Saturday bid farewell to the Caribou Creek Fire (#255) east of Fairbanks and north of the community of Two Rivers. The final 14 personnel working on the 257-acre fire were flown off the fireline by helicopter on Saturday and will soon be heading to work on […]

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Two helicopters sit at the helibase for the Caribou Creek Fire iin Two Rivers on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. The helicopters are used to shuttle crews and supplies in and out of the fire. Photo by Tim Mowry/Alaska Division of Forestry

Caribou Creek Fire east of Fairbanks 70 percent contained; mop up continues

The 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire east of Fairbanks was 70 percent contained as of Friday morning, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters continue working toward full containment on the fire burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers. There are 165 firefighters working on the fire, which was […]

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This photo illustrates the deep tundra firefighters are working in and how deep the fire is burning on the Caribou Creek Fire east of Fairbanks. Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters begin mopping up Caribou Creek Fire; now 65 percent contained

Firefighters on Tuesday began what is expected to be an extensive mop-up operation on the 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers. As of Tuesday morning, the fire was reported to be 65 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. There are 159 […]

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This is part of the 4.5-mile saw line that firefighters have cut around the Caribou Creek Fire burning east of Fairbanks and north of Two Rivers. Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters complete saw line around Caribou Creek Fire to reach 60% containment

Progress continues to be made on creating fireline around the 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire that is burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers. The fire was started by lightning on June 16 and is located on a remote ridge approximately 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road […]

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A storm cell dumped significant rainfall at the Caribou Creek Fire staging area at Two Rivers Elementary School on Saturday night, as well as on the fire. Photo by Brandon Kobayashi/Alaska Smokejumpers

Rain, cooler weather help tamp down wildfires in Fairbanks, Tok

Heavy precipitation on Saturday and drizzly, cool weather on Sunday greatly subdued fire activity on the 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255) burning north of Two Rivers about 25 miles east of Fairbanks. The remote, lightning-caused fire approximately 7.5 miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near milepost 18 was 40 percent contained as of Sunday morning, […]

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Caribou Creek Fire (#255)

Moister, cooler weather calms Caribou Creek Fire near Two Rivers

Higher relative humidities and slightly cooler temperatures helped to moderate fire activity on the Caribou Creek Fire (#255) on Saturday. More than 150 firefighters are working to contain the 300-acre fire burning north of the community of Two Rivers about 25 miles east of Fairbanks. The fire is located approximately 7 ½ miles north of […]

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A photo of the Hayes Creek Fire (#301) taken by smokejumpers prior to deploying on the fire approximately 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Photo by Chris Dudley/Alaska Smokejumpers

Firefighters hold fire near Chatanika River north of Fairbanks to 2 1/2 acres

Firefighters are mopping up a small wildfire approximately 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks that was reported late Thursday afternoon. The 2 ½-acre Hayes Creek Fire (#301) is located approximately 1 mile north of the Chatanika River and 9 miles east of the Elliott Highway from Olnes Pond. The fire was reported as a one-half acre […]

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Map of Caribou Creek Fire

Hot, dry conditions challenge firefighters trying to contain Caribou Creek Fire

With hotter, drier weather in the forecast, more firefighters are joining the fight to contain a remote wildfire burning about 25 miles east of Fairbanks. As of Thursday afternoon, the Caribou Creek Fire north of the community of Two Rivers was estimated at 300 acres and was 15 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division […]

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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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