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Winds offer no respite for firefighters battling wildfires in Matanuska Valley

Monday, Oct. 17 – 7:15 p.m. –¬†Windy weather made for another busy day for wildland firefighters in the Matanuska Valley. In addition to continuing their battle with a stubborn, late-season wildfire north of Palmer, Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters had to contend with three different wildfires caused by high winds blowing trees onto power lines. […]

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State Forestry, local fire departments battling late-season wildfire near Sutton

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. – Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and multiple Mat-Su Valley fire departments are battling an approximately 178-acre wildfire near Mile 56 of the Glenn Highway south of Sutton. The Moose Creek Fire was reported at 2:10 a.m. by a passing motorist. At that time, the fire was reported […]

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Rain helps and hinders firefighters on Mid Salcha Fire

Fairbanks – July 18, 7:45 p.m. – While heavy rain has aided firefighters working a fire burning near dozens of recreational cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks, it is also posing challenges. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire has received over 2 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. While the rain has […]

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Lightning strikes ignite more than 40 new fires across Interior

Lightning strikes sparked more than three dozen new wildfires across the Interior on Wednesday afternoon and more fires are being reported Thursday as a result of those strikes. The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks reported almost 7,200 lightning strikes in Alaska on Wednesday and another 11,000 lightning strikes had been recorded as of 4 […]

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Firefighters responding to small wildfire near Dry Creek along Alaska Highway

A crew of firefighters is hiking in to suppress a small, lightning-caused wildfire reported near the community of Dry Creek near Mile 1376 of the Alaska Highway. The Dry Creek Ridge Fire is estimated at one-half acre and is about one-half mile off the highway, approximately 2.5 miles east of the community of Dry Creek. […]

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Alaska wildfire managers still getting handle on extent of weekend lightning bust

Wildland fire managers on Monday were still assessing the damage done over the weekend when more than 60 new wildfires were started as a result of approximately 20,000 lightning strikes, mostly in the Interior. Due to the high number of fires reported across the Interior on Sunday, firefirefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry in […]

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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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Cooler, cloudier weather helping firefighters get handle on 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire

Wildland firefighters took advantage of cooler, cloudier weather on Monday to start putting in containment lines around the perimeter of the 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire about 20 miles south of Tok. The fire did not receive any precipitation on Sunday or Monday and the higher humidity the past two days has helped moderate fire activity. […]

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Tetlin River Fire near Tok now estimated at 450 acres; more crews on the way

Firefighters on the ground and in the air are working to gain control of a wildfire burning close to the village of Tetlin, about 20 miles south of Tok. The Tetlin River Fire was estimated at approximately 450 acres as of 8 p.m. and multiple aircraft were working to suppress the fire from the air […]

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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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