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Mat-Su Valley burn suspension to be lifted at noon today; Kenai Peninsula burn suspension remains in effect

Due to significant rainfall yesterday and last night, the burn permit suspension that has been in effect for the Matanuska-Susitina Valley will be lifted at noon today, Sunday, September 8. Open debris burning and the use of burn barrels will be allowed at that time with an Alaska Division of Forestry burn permit. THE BURN […]

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Rain prevents growth on Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction

Widespread rain helped prevent any significant growth Friday on the 18,750-acre Rainbow 2 Fire burning northwest of Delta Junction. While the rain helped moderate fire activity, it also hampered both aviation operations and crew effectiveness because of the cloudy, wet conditions. There are 64 personnel working on the fire to prevent it from spreading into […]

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This picture shows a piece of containment on the northwest section of the Rainbow 2 Fire closest to cabins along Clear Creek. While other parts of the fire were active on Monday, this section of line remained dormant. Photo by Gabe Pease-Madore/Alaska Division of Forestry

Control line on Rainbow 2 Fire closest to Richardson Clearwater cabins still holding

Despite increased burning on parts of the Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction on Monday, containment lines on the north end of the fire protecting cabins in the Richardson Clearwater community continued to hold. Hotter, drier weather accompanied by gusty winds on Monday sparked new fire activity in unburned areas on the north and […]

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A firefighter watches smoke rise up from the Rainbow 2 Fire on Saturday, July 20, 2019 as the fire burns through pockets of unbruned black spruce in the interior of the fire. Photo by Thomas Grubs/Alaska Division of Forestry

Winds help clean up interior pockets of fuel on Rainbow 2 Fire

Gusty northwest winds stirred up fire activity on the Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction on Saturday, as the fire was pushed into interior pockets of unburnt black spruce on the east side. The increased fire activity produced a large smoke column visible from Delta Junction and the Richardson Clearwater community. However, fire managers […]

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What’s the difference between a state burn suspension and closure?

Understandably, there seems to be some confusion amongst the public regarding the campfire closure that was recently issued – and has since been rescinded – by the Alaska Division of Forestry and how that relates to burn suspensions. The first thing you need to know is that Division of Forestry burn closures and suspensions apply […]

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A Blackhawk helicopter from the Alaska Army National Guard hauls a bucket of water to drop on the Rainbow 2 Fire on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Photo by Mike Goyette/Alaska Division of Forestry

Rainbow 2 Fire update July 17: Rain aids firefighters’ containment efforts

Firefighters remain focused on preventing the Rainbow 2 Fire from reaching recreational cabins on Clear Creek northwest of Delta Junction. Mother Nature provided some assistance on Tuesday in the form of light precipitation that fell over the fire, which helped bolster containment and mop-up operations. The Rainbow 2 Fire, which was started by lightning on […]

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This picture of the Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction was taken from the Delta Logging Road on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The fire cwas pushed north across the logging road on Thursday by strong winds. Photo by Mike Goyette/Alaska Division of Forestry

Crews working to keep Rainbow 2 Fire south of Richardson Clearwater

The Rainbow 2 Fire northwest of Delta Junction continues to hold on the south edge of Clear Creek and south of the Richardson Clearwater River community, where there are numerous recreational cabins. A reconnaissance flight using infrared technology on Monday revealed some fire activity on the southern end of the east flank where the fire […]

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The Rainbow 2 Fire west of Delta Junction puts up a large plume of smoke on Monday, July 8, 2019. Photo by Mike Goyette/Alaska Division of Forestry

Fire use module from Utah takes over Rainbow 2 Fire west of Delta

A 10-person module of Utah firefighters assumed control of the Rainbow 2 Fire west of Delta Junction on Tuesday. The fire was started by lightning on June 29 about 15 miles west of Delta Junction and has grown to an estimated 5,000 acres, based on a Tueday reconnaissance flight, according to the Alaska Division of […]

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The Rainbow 2 Fire about 15 miles west of Delta Junction as seen at around 3 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019. Photo by Mike Goyette/Alaska Division of Forestry

Smoke from Rainbow 2 Fire west of Delta Junction draws attention

The Rainbow 2 Fire west of Delta Junction flared up on Friday, producing smoke that was visible from Delta Junction and surrounding areas. The 291-acre wildfire had been quiet for the last few days but the recent hot, dry weather produced an increase in activity on Friday, generating phone calls to the Delta Area Forestry […]

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A photo of the Rainbow 2 Fire ataken at around 2 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2019 shows minimal fire behavior following water and BlazeTamer drops on Sunday. Photo by Mike Goyette/Alsaka Division of Forestry

Water and BlazeTamer drops keep 220-acre wildfire west of Delta Junction in check

Aircraft pummeled a wildfire west of Delta Junction again on Sunday with water drops, as well as a water enhancer called BlazeTamer, to keep the fire from spreading. The Rainbow 2 Fire about 15 miles west of Delta Junction was estimated at 220 acres following an aerial reconnaissance on Monday afternoon. The fire was started […]

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