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Smoke from wildfires in western Interior blows into Fairbanks and areas north

No new fires were reported in the BLM Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) protection area on Sunday but two fires burning in the western Interior between Kaltag and Tanana remained active. Smoke from those fires is being blown into Fairbanks and areas north of Fairbanks, a scenario that is likely to continue for the next […]

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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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The Khotol Fire burning 14 miles east of Kaltag roared back to life on Tuesday, putting up smoke and prompting fire officials to send 16 smokejumpers to provide protection for a nearby cabin and two Native allotments. Photo Courtesy Doug Downes//BLM Alaska Fire Service

Smokejumpers work on old fire after it roars back to life

Activity on a 1-1/2 month old fire burning 48 miles southeast of Galena picked up recently, prompting BLM Alaska Fire Service officials to send 16 smokejumpers Wednesday to protect a cabin and Native allotments from the Khotol Fire (#183). A load of eight smokejumpers parachuted near a cabin that was about 1.5 mile from the […]

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Emergency firefighter crews from Chevak, Hooper Bay, Huslia and Kaltag line up to board a jet that will take them to the Lower 48 to work on wildland fires. Photo by Darla Theisen/Alaska Division of Forestry

Village crews help on Lower 48 fires

Sept. 2, 2016 – Five 20-person rural Alaska Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews headed south late last week to help work on a handful of wildland fires burning in the Lower 48. Two crews from Chevak and one each from Hooper Bay, Kaltag and Huslia first landed in California near where the Alaska Interagency Management Team […]

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All-woman engine crew makes history on Tetlin River Fire

Alaska wildland firefighting history was recently made on the 818-acre Tetlin River Fire south of Tok when three women from the Alaska Division of Forestry, Copper River Area office formed what is believed to be the first all-female engine crew in Alaska. Carrie Hale, Ashley Dale and Jenny Moser spent 2 ½ days manning – […]

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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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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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