Tag Archives: Elliott Highway

Hazardous Trees along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/12/19

Current Situation:  The two spot fires from the #HessCreekFire that crossed the Elliott Highway on Tuesday grew by five additional acres by the time firefighters finished constructing line Thursday evening. Suppression efforts were impeded by hazardous trees, which continued to fall across the fire line. Firefighters not engaged in full suppression of these spots on […]

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A photo of the Hayes Creek Fire (#301) taken by smokejumpers prior to deploying on the fire approximately 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Photo by Chris Dudley/Alaska Smokejumpers

Firefighters hold fire near Chatanika River north of Fairbanks to 2 1/2 acres

Firefighters are mopping up a small wildfire approximately 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks that was reported late Thursday afternoon. The 2 ½-acre Hayes Creek Fire (#301) is located approximately 1 mile north of the Chatanika River and 9 miles east of the Elliott Highway from Olnes Pond. The fire was reported as a one-half acre […]

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Fire activity moderates on Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires

Scattered rain showers over night were reported on portions of the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires. Forecasted weather calls for mostly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms over the area of both fires today. Smokejumpers are positioned on Iksgiza Lake to assess and prepare cabins for structure protection should the need arise. Firefighters continue […]

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Wildfire update: Activity increases on Zitziana River, Mooseheart fires; other fires winding down

An increase in fire activity was observed on the both the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Sunday afternoon. Significant activity was reported on the southeast and northwest corners of the Zitziana River Fire. The Mooseheart Fire, just to the west of the Zitziana, also became more active; mainly on it’s eastern side. An […]

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Round up of Alaska wildland fires

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and patchy cloud cover has moderated fire behavior on the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires burning west of Fairbanks. The 144 personnel assigned to the two fires have completed a pump and hose lay for an indirect fireline, continue with their mop up of firelines around the cabins […]

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Alaska firefighters wrapping up work on several wildland fires

Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service firefighters continue work on six staffed wildfires across Alaska. Cooler, wetter weather has moderated fire activity around the state allowing work to be completed on several of the fires. Here is a round up of the staffed fires currently in Alaska: Mooseheart Fire (#204) and Zitziana […]

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Small, remote wildfires keep AFS smokejumpers hopping

The BLM Alaska Fire Service deployed smokejumpers to two small wildfires on Wednesday and one on Tuesday to protect structures and evaluate fire activity. Eight smokejumpers were dropped on a small fire on the Tanana Flats about 20 miles south of Fairbanks on Wednesday to protect a military shelter cabin in the area. The Hadley […]

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Air tanker, engines and UAF crew responding to wildfire near 8 Mile Elliott Highway

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a small wildfire near 8 Mile of the Elliott Highway north of Fairbanks. Two engines and a helicopter from the Fairbanks Area forestry office are on scene working on the Vault Creek Fire and an air tanker has been ordered to drop retardant on the fire, which […]

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State Forestry knocks down wildfire north of Fairbanks at 40 acres

An aggressive initial attack has knocked down a 40-acre lightning-caused wildfire burning 25 miles north of Fairbanks and crews are now working on keeping the fire contained.The The 2016 Washington Creek Fire was knocked down at approximately 40 acres with the help of air retardant tankers, water-scooping aircraft, a Fairbanks helitack squad, smokejumpers and two […]

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