Tag Archives: Dillingham

Fireworks ban lifted in Western Alaska but still in effect for most of state

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in consultation with the State Forester’s Office and in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, has canceled the fireworks sales and use suspension in Western Alaska, including Dillingham, Bethel, McGrath, Nome, Kotzebue and surrounding communities.Until further notice, fireworks sales and use suspensions remain in effect in the […]

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Firefighters finish work on three wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters have wrapped up work on three lightning-caused wildfires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area around Bethel, Dillingham and McGrath.. The White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew is scheduled to be demobilized from the Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) on Tuesday after spending the past two days gridding the 24-acre fire […]

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Firefighters continue work on Southwest Alaska fires

One new lightning-caused wildfire was reported in the Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area on Friday. The 55-acre Sunshine Mountains fire is located in a Limited protection area approximately 35 miles northeast of McGrath. The fire was reported by a state forestry aircraft at around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The fire is actually two fires that […]

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Firefighters working to contain wildfires near Nikolai and Bethel

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office responded to two new lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska on Thursday, one near Nikolai and one near Bethel. The Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) was reported by a resident in the village of Nikolai at around 5 p.m. The fire was located in a Full protection area. Helitack […]

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Lightning-caused wildfires keeping firefighters busy in Southwest Alaska

Lightning strikes ignited five new wildfires in the area around Bethel, McGrath and Dillingham on Wednesday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 20, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office. Firefighters are actively working to suppress three of those fires, two of which are burning in […]

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More lightning produces more wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Wildland firefighters are scrambling to respond to multiple lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska as a result of thunderstorms the past four days. As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 13 new wildfires were reported in the area around McGrath and Dillingham – five on Tuesday and eight on Wednesday – bringing the total number of current active […]

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Lightning sparks multiple new wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Three new lightning-caused fires were reported in Southwest Alaska on Sunday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 10 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Division of Forestry office in McGrath. Five fires have been extinguished by Division of Forestry firefighters while 10 fires are currently burning in […]

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Map of the Ongivinuk River Fire.

State, federal fire managers monitoring fire in Togiak National Wildife Refuge

State and federal fire managers are keeping an eye on a 764-acre fire burning in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of No Lake Creek and the Ongivinuck River. The lightning-caused Ongivinuk River Fire (#175) started on June 5 and is burning about 44 miles northeast of Dillingham. The Alaska Division of Forestry […]

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State forestry mopping up two lightning-caused wildfires in southwest, monitoring four others

Wildland firefighters continue work to mop up two lightning-caused fires in southwest Alaska while the State Division of Forestry is monitoring four other fires in the area started by lightning in the past two days. An eight-person initial attack squad from the village of Shageluk was mobilized Wednesday to replace eight smokejumpers from the BLM […]

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Rash of human-caused fires ushers in Alaska wildfire season; burn suspensions issued, caution advised

Wildfire season arrived in earnest over the weekend with a spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused. One of […]

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