Tag Archives: Copper River Basin

Two new fires keep firefighters busy in Copper River Basin Thursday

A Division of Forestry heliattack crew, eight BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and four water-scooping Fire Boss airplanes rushed to aggressively attack a wildfire burning 17 miles east of Lake Louise Thursday evening. It was the second fire of the day for Copper River Area Forestry. A private aircraft reported the fire to the Tok […]

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Crews continue to seek out hot spots on Chistochina River Fire

Crews continue mopping up the Chistochina River Fire (#381). They secured at least 50 feet in from the fire’s perimeter yesterday. The goal is to ensure the entire 98 acre fire is mopped up and all hot spots are extinguished. This should be enough work to keep the remaining crews busy until early next week. […]

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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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Steamboat Creek Fire continues to make advances; now estimated at 12,000 acres

July 20, 3:30 p.m. – Approximately 50 community members of the McCarthy-Kennecott area attended a public meeting yesterday in McCarthy, where fire officials discussed and answered questions concerning the fire. Both Alaska Division of Forestry and National Park Service fire managers provided information on the current status of the fire, upcoming predicted fire weather, and […]

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Fires Continue to be monitored in the Copper River Basin

Fires from the recent lightning storms are continuing to burn in the Copper River Basin, but fire managers from the Alaska Division of Forestry and National Park Service have done an exceptional job with balancing suppression activities and managing fires for resource benefits. Fire is a natural process in the Alaska ecosystem which helps reduce […]

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State Forestry attacking 25-acre wildfire less than a mile from Tok Cutoff

July 13, 5:30 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry is contending with two wildland fires in the Copper River Basin area, one of which is less than a mile from the Tok Cutoff Highway. The Cutoff Fire is estimated at 25 acres and growing. It was reported at approximately 2:40 p.m. and is burning […]

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High fire danger requires vigilance over Solstice Weekend

June 17, 2016 – With the hottest temperatures of the summer heading into Solstice Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska are urging extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Hot, dry weather for the last week has resulted in very high to extreme fire danger around much of the state, particularly […]

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Wildland Fire update for Sunday, June 7

12:00 p.m. – A moderate rain, lasting for 30-45 minutes Saturday, was reported by personnel on both fires burning southwest of Aniak. Crews have turned their attention to the Bogus Creek Fire burning eight miles south of the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire that was contained Friday. Fire managers plan to take advantage of yesterday’s rain, […]

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Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory

May 22, 2015 – A fuels and fire behavior advisory has been issued for the Tanana Valley, Upper Yukon Valley and Copper River Basin.  Early unseasonably warm and very dry weather have combined with dry pre-green fuels across a portion of southern and eastern Interior Alaska.  High pressure will keep out moisure and keep relative […]

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