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State forestry still contending with three wildfires in southwest Alaska

The Alaska Division of Forestry continues to staff three stubborn, lightning-caused wildfires in southwest Alaska as conditions in that part of the state remain warm and dry. Firefighters remain engaged on the 650-acre Molybdenum Mountain Fire (#139) about 20 miles north of the Kuskokwim River village of Chuathbaluk and the 320-acre Reindeer Lake Fire (#191) […]

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Wildfire near Fairbanks is fully contained; work continues on wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters completed mop-up work on a wildfire about 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks on Friday. All 62 personnel that remained on the 116-acre Livingston Fire (#113) were flown off the fire early Friday afternoon after it was declared 100 percent contained. The lightning-caused fire started on Sunday in the Rosie Creek area and threatened five […]

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Lightning sparks five new wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry on Tuesday reported at least five new lightning-caused wildfires in the Southwest Area around McGrath and are anticipating more new starts to pop up as a result of lightning activity the past two days. Three of the new fires were staffed with firefighting personnel while the remaining […]

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Work nearing completion on two Southwest Area fires

Weather permitting, firefighters will be released this weekend from the only two wildfires still being staffed in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham. Tentative demobilization is scheduled for Friday for the 42 personnel on the 220-acre Paimiut Fire approximately 20 miles southeast of Holy Cross. The 33 personnel still working […]

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State forestry managing 119-acre wildfire southwest of McGrath

Wildland firefighters are managing a lightning-caused wildfire that was reported late Saturday morning about 150 miles southwest of McGrath, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Paimiut Fire, named after the nearby Paimiut Slough, is estimated at 119 acres. Six smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service were dropped on the fire Saturday afternoon […]

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Only one staffed fire left in Southwest Area around McGrath

Firefighting personnel on one of the two remaining staffed fires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area were demobilized on Friday and the one remaining staffed fire will be downsizing this weekend. More than a dozen wildfires were started by lighting between June 4-7 in the Southwest Area, which encompasses 88 million acres between […]

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Work on wildfires in Southwest Alaska is nearly complete

Firefighting personnel are completing mop up work on the only two remaining staffed fires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between Dillingham and McGrath. More than dozen wildfires were started by lightning more than a week ago but rain and the work by firefighters have brought them under control. The 72 personnel assigned […]

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Firefighters still mopping up two wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters continue mopping up two of the more than dozen wildfires that were started by lightning more than a week ago in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between Dillingham and McGrath. Sixty personnel are still assigned to the 2,653-acre Bell Creek Fire burning near the village of Crooked Creek on the Kuskokwim River. […]

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With help from rain, firefighters wrapping up work on fires in southwest, western Alaska

Despite recent widespread rain that has quelled wildfire activity across much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service continue to staff six fires in southwest and western Alaska. Alaska Division of Forestry As of Monday morning, there were still 13 active fires in the Southwest Area between Dillingham and […]

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