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Photo of From left to right, firefighters Lakota Burwell, Troy Coberly, Charlie Pohlman, Sarah Nelson and Brian Pitts cook diner over a fire while on the Zitziana River Fire in June of 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS public affairs specialist

Life in a remote Alaska fire camp

While fire camps in rural Alaska can be similar to remote fires in the Lower 48, they have their own special concerns and qualities. Morning operational briefings are broadcasted over hand-held radios. Every one gathers underneath at big yellow tarp for breakfast in the morning and dinner before bedtime. The coffee pot hangs from a […]

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Map of the The Smoothface Mountain Fire (#811) burning about 8 miles up the Yukon River from the Dalton Highway crossing.

Smokejumpers, Chena Hotshots working on late season fire near the Yukon River Crossing

The Chena Hotshots are mopping up a 7-acre fire that started Friday near the Yukon River crossing on the Dalton Highway about 80 miles north of Fairbanks. Smokejumpers responded to Fire #811, the Smoothface Mountain Fire, after it was reported Friday afternoon from someone at the Yukon River Camp near the river crossing at milepost […]

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Photo of The Caribou Creek Fire (#255) burning along a valley about 7-1/2 miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road.

Numerous firefighters, aircraft work on 500-acre fire north of Two Rivers

Numerous firefighters and aircraft continue to work late Sunday evening after winds subsided and calmed a fire burning north of Two Rivers. Erratic wind pushed the Caribou Creek Fire (#255) through continuous black spruce until it was an estimated 500 acres by 11 p.m. Sunday. The fire is burning on the north side of the […]

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Photo of the Red Mountain Fire burning north of the Koyukuk River.

Chena Hotshots responding to mop up fire 23 miles north of Hughes

People in Allakaket will see an uptick in firefighting personnel and aircraft today when the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Interagency Hotshot Crew shuttles to the Red Mountain Fire (#166) located 39 miles to the southwest. The Chena Hotshots will take over mopping-up the lightning-caused fire, freeing eight smokejumpers for initial attack response if needed. […]

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Photo of the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew ignited a burnout along the containment line headed west Tuesday evening. Work is continuing to fortify this burned area. Photo by Evan Sterling, Fire Medic.

Burn operations continue on Oregon Lakes Fire

Firefighters took advantage of northerly winds that pushed smoke and flames south toward the Oregon Lakes Fire while conducting a burnout Tuesday evening. Work will continue today to fortify this new burned area. Aided by heavy equipment, crews will extend the line farther west past Douglas Creek. The goal is to remove the burnable vegetation […]

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With help from rain, firefighters wrapping up work on fires in southwest, western Alaska

Despite recent widespread rain that has quelled wildfire activity across much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service continue to staff six fires in southwest and western Alaska. Alaska Division of Forestry As of Monday morning, there were still 13 active fires in the Southwest Area between Dillingham and […]

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Rain continues to subdue wildfires in southwest, western Alaska

All the wildfires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham have received varying amounts of precipitation over the past three days, moderating fire behavior and reducing the threat to villages and values at risk. Of the 124,714 acres burned in Alaska as of Sunday morning, 119,115 of those acres […]

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Lightning triggers 19 new starts in BLM AFS’s Galena Zone Tuesday

BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena Zone experienced 19 new starts Tuesday due to a rash of lightning hitting the southwestern Yukon River corridor. The new starts occurred in either limited – the lowest priority – and full management option areas. Many of these new fires were discovered along the western coast from Unalakleet to Point […]

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Crews head south for Lower 48 fires

Click on photos to see image. Aug. 3, 2016 – Five 20-person Alaska firefighting crews boarded a jet Wednesday afternoon to join firefighting efforts in the Lower 48. The Division of Forestry Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Gannett Glacier and White Mountain crews, the Chugachmiut contract Type 2 IA Yukon crew and the two Type 2 training crews, the University of Alaska […]

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State Forestry knocks down wildfire north of Fairbanks at 40 acres

An aggressive initial attack has knocked down a 40-acre lightning-caused wildfire burning 25 miles north of Fairbanks and crews are now working on keeping the fire contained.The The 2016 Washington Creek Fire was knocked down at approximately 40 acres with the help of air retardant tankers, water-scooping aircraft, a Fairbanks helitack squad, smokejumpers and two […]

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