Tag Archives: Mat-Su Valley

Burn closure lifted, but burn suspensions remain in Kenai, Mat-Su

Gradual reduction of extreme danger from existing or new wildfires in some parts of Southcentral Alaska may be creating public confusion about what burning is allowed, and what is still prohibited, a state forestry official said today. “We appreciate the public’s understanding of our need to err on the side of caution when it comes […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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Rash of human-caused fires ushers in Alaska wildfire season; burn suspensions issued, caution advised

Wildfire season arrived in earnest over the weekend with a spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused. One of […]

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Dry conditions in Southcentral Alaska spark wildfires

A spate of wildfire activity in Southcentral Alaska on Thursday is proof that wildland fire season has arrived in Alaska, even though much of the northern half of the state remains covered in snow. The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Mat-Su Area office in Palmer responded to six small wildfires on Thursday – five in the […]

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State Forestry, local fire departments battling late-season wildfire near Sutton

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. – Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry and multiple Mat-Su Valley fire departments are battling an approximately 178-acre wildfire near Mile 56 of the Glenn Highway south of Sutton. The Moose Creek Fire was reported at 2:10 a.m. by a passing motorist. At that time, the fire was reported […]

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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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Escaped burn barrel fire in Mat-Su Valley destroys shed; illustrates importance of safe burning

The Alaska Division of Forestry got its first wildfire call of the season on Monday in the Mat-Su Valley when a fire in an unattended burn barrel with an inadequate fire break escaped into the wildland. The fire, at a home on Thunder Cloud Drive off Pittman Road, caught a nearby shed on fire, causing […]

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