Tag Archives: Copper River Basin

Hunters heading into the woods should be careful with fire

It’s hunting season and the Alaska Division of Forestry is reminding hunters heading out into the woods to use caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire. While rain has soaked many parts of Alaska in the past week to lower the wildfire danger, other parts of the state remain warm and dry with […]

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State campfire closure lifted north of Alaska Range

With wildfire danger moderating in some parts of the state due to cooler, wetter weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry is lifting the campfire closure order that was put into effect last week on state, private and municipal lands in the following boroughs and geographic regions effective at noon on Sunday, July 14: Denali Borough […]

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Use caution with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t let the slow start to Alaska’s wildland fire season fool you – it’s a matter of when, not if, we will experience wildfires. Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire managers remind Alaskans and visitors alike to exercise caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend. Despite a mild start […]

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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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