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Photo of Isom Creek Fire

Isom Creek Fire grows significantly, crosses Dalton Highway

June 7, 2020 – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) grew exponentially Saturday evening and crossed the Dalton Highway south of the Yukon River crossing. Despite two days of an aggressive air attack on the fire in the form of water-scoopers, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water buckets, the fire became very active in the […]

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Map of Alaska showing fire and lightning strikes for June 4, 2020.

Lightning continues to ignite fires in Western Alaska

Lightning continues to sweep across Alaska and is blamed for leaving at least 57 new fires in its wake since Saturday. Most these new fires are in Western Alaska including the 15 new fires Wednesday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone that covers the northwestern section of the state. Most of the new […]

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Mat-Su firefighters responding to second grass fire in two days in Point MacKenzie area

UPDATE – 10 p.m. – Firefighters are making good progress getting a hose line around the perimeter of the Trumpeter Fire. The latest size estimate is 50 acres and the fire is 25% contained. A second helicopter has been added to assist with suppression efforts. Structure protection measures have been put in place for the […]

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Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry haul hose and other supplies down a trail to access and mop up the M.L.K. Fire in East Anchorage on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Bishop/Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters begin mopping up 25-acre wildfire in East Anchorage

Two 20-person crews and additional firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are working today to contain the 25-acre M.L.K. Fire (#423) in East Anchorage. The fire, which began yesterday afternoon near the Campbell Tract, is holding at 25 acres and 30 percent containment. Aircraft dropping water and retardant helped to stop the spread of […]

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Swan Lake Fire Line Holds Despite Warm Weather

On a hot Saturday, firefighters and the Sterling community saw their fire lines tested north of the Sterling Highway and Homer Electric transmission line as fire activity picked up.  Sunday will be another test.  Also along the south side of the Swan Lake Fire, crews mopped-up and started suppression repair work for restoration of wildlife […]

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Crews Strengthen Line Along Sterling Highway

On Friday, firefighters strengthened and reinforced fire lines along the Sterling Highway and East Fork Moose River. In the muskeg area of the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, crews are mopping up the burn scar of the 2017 East Fork Fire, which has left a heavy load of dead and down trees, […]

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Crews Work to Strengthen Containment Along South Edge of Swan Lake Fire

Crews worked along natural barriers Thursday to complete the burnout operation along the Sterling Highway and the East Fork Moose River. Firefighters are working along the Sterling Highway achieving a 20-25 feet wide cold line perimeter. Once this is completed and the line strengthened in coming days, it will protect Sterling and the highway corridor. […]

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Swan Lake Fire Update: Firing Operations Completed North of the Highway and the Transmission Line

Strategic firing operations continued yesterday along the Sterling Highway from Milepost 68, west toward the Watson Lake campground. Unfavorable conditions with winds out of the north slowed hand-firing efforts during the morning. Helicopters and drones with Plastic Sphere Dispensing (PSD) machines that drop ping-pong like balls with reactive chemicals inside were used to increase the […]

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Swan Lake Fire Burn Operations Continue Along the Sterling Highway & Community Meeting Tonight at 6 PM

Fire crews conducted a strategic fire operation yesterday north of the Sterling Highway and the Homer Electric Transmission line. Utilizing aerial ignitions and ground support, firefighters took advantage of favorable conditions to establish a control line and draw the fire near the road system away from the Sterling Highway and into areas away from critical […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 25th Update: Firefighters Poised to Implement Strategic Firing Operations with Favorable Winds.

 Today fire crews are planning a strategic firing operation to establish a control line to the north of the Sterling Highway and the Homer Electric Transmission line. Travelers can expect traffic delays between mileposts 58 to 75. Pilot cars will be moving traffic in the northbound lane and fire apparatus will be positioned in the […]

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