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BLM Alaska Fire Service emergency firefighters learn how to grid, meaning searching an area in a straight line, to find hot spots during rookie training in 2018. Photo by Beth Ipsen, BLM AFS

Villages added to federal EFF medical exam schedule

The villages of Fort Yukon, Venetie, Arctic Village, Selawik, Minto and Tanana were added to the schedule of mobile medical exams for federal emergency firefighters (EFF) in rural Alaska. The additions to the schedule are (click on links for request forms): Selawik: Dec. 3 (Deadline to turn in Exam Request Form – Kobuk River form […]

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BLM AFS is working on a fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. Photo by Kay Kudo, BLM AFS

BLM AFS working on fire 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon

The BLM Alaska Fire Service is working on a 15-acre fire burning 22 miles northwest of Fort Yukon. On Wednesday, a load of eight smokejumpers, two water-scooping Fire Bosses and an air attack airplane used to coordinate the fire suppression efforts responded to the Chandalar River Fire (#175) burning east of the river it’s named […]

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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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New wildfires continue to pop up in northern Alaska

Wildfire season continues to persist in northern Alaska with the discovery of three new lightning-caused fires in the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s protection area on Friday. Two new fires were found in the Upper Yukon Zone and one was reported in the Tanana Zone. Surveillance aircraft discovered the Lower Birch Fire (#359) along the Yukon […]

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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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The map shows the active fires burning in the northeastern and central parts of Alaska.

Northeastern Alaska continues to be the hot spot for wildfires

The northeastern and central parts of the state continue to be the hot spot for fires – both literately and figuratively. As of Thursday afternoon, there were six of the 84 active fires staffed. All of these fires fall within the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Tanana and Upper Yukon fire management zones that are divided […]

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Mid Salcha Fire now 90 percent contained

July 23, 11:25 a.m. – Containment on the Mid Salcha Fire increased on Friday while the estimated number of acres burned decreased. Due to better mapping, the burned acreage total for the wildfire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks is now estimated at 1,049 acres, down from the previous estimate of 1,164 acres, according […]

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Change in weather helps firefighters get foothold on wildfire near Salcha River

July 16, 5:45 p.m. – Mother Nature continued to aid firefighters working to suppress a wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks on Saturday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. A change in wind direction on Friday afternoon helped push the Mid Salcha Fire away from the river and cabins. […]

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Change in wind direction pushes wildfire near Salcha River away from cabins

July 15, 8:30 p.m. – A change in wind direction on Friday helped firefighters keep a wildfire burning south of Fairbanks along the Salcha River from advancing toward several recreational cabins along the river. The Mid Salcha Fire quadrupled in size on Friday from 350 acres to approximately 1,500 acres but west winds pushed the […]

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Alaska crews spread out across four states in Pacific Northwest

What’s the difference between fighting fire in the Lower 48 and Alaska? Well, there are several differences but one of the biggest is steep terrain, evidenced by these pictures taken by Steve Theisen that show the Allakaket Type 2 Crew working on the Clearwater Complex near Kamiah, Idaho. The Clearwater Complex in northwest Idaho consists […]

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