Tag Archives: Fairbanks

More than 130 firefighters working to contain 50-acre Any Creek Fire near Old Murphy Dome Road

Firefighters were back on the line early Sunday working to contain the lightning-caused Any Creek Fire (#236) located approximately 10 miles north of Fairbanks near Old Murphy Dome Road. The latest size estimate for the fire is 50 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. More than 130 personnel are on scene, including five […]

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State forestry wildland fire dispatcher Liz Wallace wins national award

Alaska Division of Forestry Wildland Fire Dispatcher Liz Wallace won the 2019 National Excellence in Dispatching Award from the National Interagency Coordination Center (NICC) in Boise, Idaho, it was announced Thursday. Wallace, a dispatcher for the Fairbanks Area station, had earlier been named Alaska Dispatcher of the Year for 2019, qualifying her as one of […]

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Firefighters battling 10-acre Moose Meadows Fire north of Wasilla

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.The size of the Moose Meadows Fire is now estimated at 46 acres as of 5:10 p.m. due to more accurate mapping. Firefighters are getting a good handle on containment despite the increase in size. A second helicopter has been ordered to the fire to supplement the aircraft currently working on the fire, […]

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State Forestry releases 2020 Red Card and Refresher class schedules

The Alaska Division of Forestry has released its schedule of Basic Firefighter and Fireline Safety Refresher classes for the 2020 wildland fire season. Anyone interested in working as a Division of Forestry wildland firefighter or any support roles associated with wildland firefighting must possess an Incident Qualification Card, commonly called a Red Card, in accordance with the […]

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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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Public should be aware of potential hazards in Shovel Creek Fire area

The Alaska Division of Forestry in Fairbanks has received multiple reports from the public about fire activity in the Shovel Creek Fire area northwest of Fairbanks in recent days. The state forestry office wants to remind the public that it remains an active fire and will continue to exhibit minimal fire activity even with all […]

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Smoke Outlook 8/1-2: Generally improving conditions statewide, but Yukon Valley remains smoky

An increase in precipitation across west central Alaska and the Tanana Valley will reduce smoke impacts in many areas; however, the Upper Yukon Valley continues to be relatively dry, and westerly winds will bring in smoke from other areas. Smoke from Canadian fires continues to impact parts of Southeast Alaska. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, […]

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Shovel Creek Fire still putting up occasional smoke as firefighters continue patrols

More than 20 firefighters are continuing to mop up and patrol the Shovel Creek Fire (#319). The 22,453-acre wildfire near Murphy Dome about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks is 55 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning on June 21. Command of the fire was transferred from a Type 3 to a Type 4 […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/31-8/01: Winds will improve air quality throughout most of Alaska

Though drought persists in the central Interior and warmer, drier weather may cause an increase in fire activity today, winds and recent precipitation trends have resulted in generally better air quality for the Fairbanks, Anchorage and Southeast Alaska regions. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions persist across the central interior, despite […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/30-7/31: Warming trend brings more smoke to Interior

Fire activity may increase today in Tanana Valley, driven by several days of warmer, drier weather. Many areas of the state continue to experience drought conditions. Upper Yukon Valley fires remain active, with no wetting rain received in Fort Yukon or Chalkyitzik. Fairbanks and Denali National Park are expected to have good to moderate smoke […]

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