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Multiple aircraft help smokejumpers confine wildfire near Harding Lake to 3 acres

An aggressive aerial assault helped firefighters on the ground corral a small wildfire about 40 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 6 miles northeast of Harding Lake on Wednesday evening. An Alaska Division of Forestry engine crew patrolling near Harding Lake reported the Mosquito Creek Fire (#262) at 6 p.m. after spotting smoke in the area. […]

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More lightning means more wildfires in western, southwestern Alaska

Wildfire activity in Alaska continues to escalate as a result of thousands of lightning strikes in the western and southwestern parts of the state. Many of the new fires detected Wednesday are in remote areas designated as Limited protection zones and pose no threat. Those fires will be monitored by air. Fire officials describe the fire activity […]

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Crews digging in to contain wildfire in Rosie Creek area southwest of Fairbanks

Approximately 80 state and federal firefighters are working to contain a lightning-caused wildfire that ignited Sunday about 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks. A mapping mission late Sunday night estimated the size of the Livingston Fire at 167 acres, about half the size of the original estimate of 320 acres. The fire is located in the […]

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Map of area with area with the woody debris piles slated for burning outlined in green.

BLM AFS, USARAK to Burn Debris Piles on Fort Wainwright

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Alaska, will burn debris piles in a wood cutting area on Fort Wainwright’s main post starting as early as Saturday, May 5. As conditions allow, burning may continue through May 31. Trained personnel will monitor the burn areas throughout the prescribed […]

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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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Alaska surpasses 100,000-acre mark as wildfire season heats up

Alaska’s wildfire season got off to a slow start but it’s been picking up speed during the last week and a half, due in large part to several lightning-caused fires burning in the southwest and western Alaska.   Alaska surpassed the 100,000-acre mark in acres burned for the season on Friday, according to the Alaska […]

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Rain takes edge off fire activity in southwest and western Alaska

Widespread rain has diminished wildfire activity in southwest and western Alaska the past two days, though several fires continue to burn and grow in size. Just about all the fires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area and the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena Zone received varying amounts of precipitation over the past […]

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Bureau of Land Management Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service specialist Matt Kilgriff shoots a stream of flaming gel from the Terra Torch to burn piles of brush and trees as part of a prescribed burn project in U.S. Army Alaska’s Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely Nov. 4, 2016. The piles were created by U.S. Army Alaska hand crews working to remove dead and decaying vegetation and black spruce in an effort to reduce the chances of a wildfire on military lands.

Army, BLM Alaska Fire Service fight fire danger with fire

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – A report released Dec. 15 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly – 34 to 60 percent – due to human-caused climate change. According to the Alaska […]

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Alaska firefighters headed to Lower 48

As Alaska moves into its seasonal rain pattern, wildland fire activity has moderated. The fire season in the Lower 48, however, is in full swing as the National Preparedness Level moved to five, the highest level of planning and organizing of resources in reaction to increasing fire danger. Firefighters from Alaska are answering the call […]

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Support from Lower 48, Canada are key to Alaska firefighting efforts

Normally, it’s tourists who flock to Alaska from the Lower 48 in the summer. This year, it’s been firefighters and other firefighting personnel. With Alaska on pace to set a new record for the number of acres burned by wildfires, the state has had to reach out to Lower 48 states for resources to supplement […]

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