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Lightning Ignites One New Fire in Northeastern Interior

(Fairbanks, Alaska) –Fire behavior was relatively calm in northeastern Alaska but gusty winds overnight stirred some fire behavior. Lightning ignited one new fire burning on the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. Three fires are staffed in northeastern Interior Alaska, but most fires in the region not threatening people or property are being monitored. Temperatures remain […]

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Weather Helps Firefighters on Yukon Flats Fires

(Fairbanks, Alaska) –Weather has cooperated with firefighters in northeastern Alaska, allowing firefighters to make significant progress on fires. Scattered showers, higher relative humidity and light winds reduced fire activity, but conditions remain extremely dry in the Yukon Flats. For the first time in days, no new fires were reported on Tuesday. A crew on one […]

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Porcupine Fire Grows as Yukon Flats sees more lightning-caused starts

(Fairbanks, Alaska) – Hot and dry weather lingers in the Yukon Flats, keeping it primed for new lightning-induced fires and high fire activity. Lightning sparked 16 new wildfires in the state, six of them in northeastern Alaska. Despite the lightning and gusty winds Sunday evening, localized showers and high relative humidity over most of northcentral […]

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Smokejumpers respond to third human-caused fire west of Fort Yukon

Firefighters urge public to be careful outdoor activities don’t ignite a fire BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers are working on the third human-caused fire found west of Fort Yukon in the past two weeks. In the case of the Yukon Slough Fire (#103), discovered yesterday, and the Marten Fire (#082), discovered on May 17, firefighters […]

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AFS Smokejumpers conduct first fire jump of year near Fort Yukon

BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers mobilized Tuesday afternoon for the first time this year for a small fire burning about 13 miles west of Fort Yukon. The eight smokejumpers were able to stop the 1-acre Mink Fire’s movement within a couple of hours and are now in the process of mopping up the fire by […]

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BLM AFS awards three contracts for Alaska village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting crews

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) awarded three contracts for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in rural northeastern and Interior Alaska villages for the 2020 fire season. The contractors selected will base crews in the Upper Yukon and Tanana Fire Management Zones for quick response to fires within BLM AFS protection areas. Unlike […]

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BLM AFS 2019 Emergency Firefighter review

The BLM Alaska Fire Service uses Type 2 Emergency Firefighters (EFF)/Administratively Determined (AD) fire crews and single resource personnel to supplement its regular workforce in the event of wildfire emergencies. The program, which is separate from the State of Alaska’s EFF program, consists of over 500 individual federal AD firefighting personnel across three fire management […]

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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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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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