Tag Archives: Kenai Peninsula

State forestry battling two wildfires on Kenai Peninsula; one in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and one near Homer

The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to two wildfires burning on the Kenai Peninsula. The East Fork Fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, approximately 5-6 miles north of the Sterling Highway. The last size estimate on the fire was 150 acres and the fire is […]

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2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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High fire danger requires vigilance over Solstice Weekend

June 17, 2016 – With the hottest temperatures of the summer heading into Solstice Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska are urging extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Hot, dry weather for the last week has resulted in very high to extreme fire danger around much of the state, particularly […]

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Alaska wildland fires from 2015 still pose risks this year

A year after the second-largest fire season on record in Alaska, the 2015 fire season is still smoking. The Alaska Division of Forestry has detected 16 “holdover” fires so far this season, including one on Saturday that ignited the 8,130-acre Medfra Fire now burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska. Holdover fires are just […]

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Alaska’s monthly fire potential outlook

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s predictive services desk released it’s Alaska Monthly Fire Potential Outlook on Monday and its pretty much an echo of what we’ve been hearing all winter: Expect an early start to the wildland fire season. Forecast: • The forecast for March is normal across all of Alaska, as there is little […]

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Kenai Peninsula Burn Suspension Lifted update, July 13

July 13, 2015 Kenai Peninsula Burn Suspension Lifted (Soldotna, Alaska) – The Burn Suspension activated earlier this month will be lifted as of 12:00 PM today. This means that Permitted Burning is allowed once again. This includes only approved burn barrels, and brush/debris piles no larger than 10’ across and 4’ high. Fire officials want […]

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Burn Closure Lifted on the Kenai Peninsula

June 30, 2015 1130 AM Soldotna, Alaska – By order of the Director’s Office the State Forester has lifted the burn closure on all state, private and municipal land on the Kenai Peninsula. Campfires, charcoal BBQ’s, warming, and cooking fires may be used. At this time all federal lands are still under the closure order. […]

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Current burning closures and restrictions in Alaska

7:45 p.m. – Here is a complete list of the burning closures and restrictions currently in effect in Alaska on state, private, municipal and federal lands, as of 4 p.m. June 19. Federal lands Possessing or discharging any kind of fireworks or pyrotechnic devise are always prohibited on federal land  All Alaska BLM lands […]

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State prohibits open fires in Southcentral Alaska until further notice

Due to the extremely dry conditions and high fire danger that has resulted in several wildland fires around the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry announced today that all open fires and activities that “unduly increase the fire danger” will be prohibited on state lands, including state park units, and private and municipal lands within […]

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