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Smoke from wildfires in western Interior blows into Fairbanks and areas north

No new fires were reported in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) protection area on Sunday but two fires burning in the western Interior between Kaltag and Tanana remained active. Smoke from those fires is being blown into Fairbanks and areas north of Fairbanks, a scenario that is likely to continue for the next […]

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Alaska’s stubborn wildfire season persists with new fires, smoky conditions

Wildfire season refuses to wave the white flag in Alaska, as two new fires were reported in BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Saturday, one of which required a response from personnel based in Galena. In addition, a pair of wildfires burning in the western Interior continue to be active and heavy smoke from […]

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Wildfires have burned more than 500,000 acres in Alaska so far this season

Alaska surpassed the 500,000-acre mark in estimated acres burned by wildfires on Sunday. As of Monday morning, 303 fires have burned an estimated 503,257 acres for the season, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. Most of that burned acreage has been courtesy of several fires burning in remote locations in the northeastern […]

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Firefighters respond to wildfire northwest of Wasilla near Kahiltna River

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service worked late into the night to control a wildfire reported 80 miles northwest of Wasilla on Sunday. The 56-acre Kahiltna Fire was reported at around 6 p.m. Sunday by local pilots flying over the area. The fire was located in a modified protection […]

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South Fork Salcha fire now estimated at more than 8,000 acres

A mapping mission on Tuesday estimated the size of the South Fork Salcha Fire at 8,344 acres, an increase of nearly 5,000 acres from previous estimates, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The wildfire is located in a limited protection area approximately 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks. […]

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Rain continues to subdue wildfires in southwest, western Alaska

All the wildfires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham have received varying amounts of precipitation over the past three days, moderating fire behavior and reducing the threat to villages and values at risk. Of the 124,714 acres burned in Alaska as of Sunday morning, 119,115 of those acres […]

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Large smoke columns from South Fork Salcha Fire attract attention in Fairbanks, Delta

A wildfire burning about 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks continues to attract attention due to the large smoke plumes it is producing that are visible from both Interior communities and the Richardson Highway. The lightning-caused South Fork Salcha Fire was reported late Thursday morning. It is burning in […]

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Crews mopping up 15-acre wildfire next to Richardson Highway near Birch Lake

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are mopping up a 15-acre wildfire that closed the Richardson Highway near Birch Lake for a short time on Friday night. The MP 308.5 Richardson Hwy Fire was reported by a passing motorist on the north side of the highway at 6:25 p.m. Smoke and flames were […]

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South Fork Salcha Fire blowing smoke into Fairbanks

A wildfire north of Delta Junction is blowing smoke into Fairbanks, North Pole and Salcha. The South Fork Salcha Fire was reported Thursday morning approximately 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 25 miles north of Delta Junction. The fire is approximately 2 miles north of the Pogo Mine Road at milepost 25. The fire is […]

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State forestry monitoring wildfire off Pogo Mine Road north of Delta Junction

A wildfire southeast of Fairbanks was reported to the Alaska Division of Forestry at 11 a.m. Thursday. The South Fork Salcha Fire is estimated at 100 acres and is burning approximately 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 25 miles north of Delta Junction. The fire is approximately 2 miles north of the Pogo Mine Road […]

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