Tag Archives: Copper Center

State Forestry releases schedule of statewide firefighter training classes

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding wildland firefighting training classes at different locations around the state in April and May. The classes are for veteran firefighters who already have a Red Card, as well as rookie firefighters looking to begin a career in wildland firefighting. Classes are scheduled at Area Forestry offices in […]

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Lightning strikes spark dozens of new wildfires across Alaska

After a slow start due to a cool and extended spring, Alaska’s wildfire season has begun in earnest as a result of warmer temperatures that has produced thousands of lightning strikes across the state the past two days. A total of 47 new fires were reported around the state on Monday and Tuesday, according to […]

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Fire escapes unattended burn barrel, destroys home near Copper Center

A home on the Old Richardson Highway near Copper Center was destroyed Tuesday afternoon as the result of a grass fire that originated from an unattended burn barrel on the property. Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and several local fire departments responded to the Old Richardson Fire, which was reported at 1:43 […]

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Two wildfires along Tiekel River near Mile 50 of Richardson Highway being monitored closely

Two fires visible from the Richardson Highway south of Copper Center have drawn attention from the public but they do not pose a threat at this time and are being monitored closely by the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Copper River Area office. The Tiekel #1 and Tiekel #2 fires are burning in a Limited suppression […]

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Fires in Copper River Basin and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve being monitored closely

July 17, 8 p.m. – In the last week dry weather and lightning storms have caused a series of wildfires across the Copper River Basin and in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Multiple agencies are working to aggressively fight fire safely, as well as manage these fires for their natural benefits. The two fires […]

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Lightning Ignites Chisana River #2 Wildfire on Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Copper Center, AK – On June 9, a lightning strike 22 miles southwest of the Alaska Highway along the west side of the Chisana River ignited a small wildfire. The 15 acre fire is actively burning in black spruce and tundra. It does not pose a threat to structures or resources. Fire management staff will […]

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