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Management of Isom Creek Fire downsizing Saturday

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Fire management on the Isom Creek Fire is scheduled to downsize on Saturday morning because rain, high humidity and cloud cover over the past week have calmed fire activity and allowed firefighters to make significant headway towards containment. The transition from a Type 3 to a Type 4 organization will reduce the […]

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Certified Wildlife K-9 Karelian bear dogs used for first time on an Alaskan wildland fire

The presence of bears near a wildland fire in Alaska is nothing new to the firefighting community, but the use of professionally trained Karelian bear dogs was a first, nationwide, on the Isom Creek Fire (#187), located south of the Yukon River and along the Dalton Highway, during June, 2020. Safety personnel piloted the use […]

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Crews make gains on Isom Creek Fire, bear dogs still at work

Update 6:00 p.m: ORIGINAL POST 11:00 a.m: Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,024 acresContainment: 62%Total Personnel: 327 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Additional smoke may be spotted rising from the Isom Creek Fire (#187) later today as temperatures warm and kick up fire activity. Firefighters are waiting for the right […]

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Karelian bear dogs and weather aid crews on Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,024 acresContainment: 44% Total Personnel: 356 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Firefighters continue to make good progress to suppress the Isom Creek Fire (#187) aided by relatively cool temperatures, high humidity, and light winds. Crews improved the north and western perimeters. They continue to assess and […]

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