Tag Archives: McGrath

Firefighters continue work on Southwest Alaska fires

One new lightning-caused wildfire was reported in the Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area on Friday. The 55-acre Sunshine Mountains fire is located in a Limited protection area approximately 35 miles northeast of McGrath. The fire was reported by a state forestry aircraft at around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The fire is actually two fires that […]

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Firefighters working to contain wildfires near Nikolai and Bethel

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office responded to two new lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska on Thursday, one near Nikolai and one near Bethel. The Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) was reported by a resident in the village of Nikolai at around 5 p.m. The fire was located in a Full protection area. Helitack […]

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Lightning-caused wildfires keeping firefighters busy in Southwest Alaska

Lightning strikes ignited five new wildfires in the area around Bethel, McGrath and Dillingham on Wednesday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 20, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office. Firefighters are actively working to suppress three of those fires, two of which are burning in […]

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More lightning produces more wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Wildland firefighters are scrambling to respond to multiple lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska as a result of thunderstorms the past four days. As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, 13 new wildfires were reported in the area around McGrath and Dillingham – five on Tuesday and eight on Wednesday – bringing the total number of current active […]

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Lightning sparks multiple new wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Three new lightning-caused fires were reported in Southwest Alaska on Sunday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 10 as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the Division of Forestry office in McGrath. Five fires have been extinguished by Division of Forestry firefighters while 10 fires are currently burning in […]

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State forestry mopping up two lightning-caused wildfires in southwest, monitoring four others

Wildland firefighters continue work to mop up two lightning-caused fires in southwest Alaska while the State Division of Forestry is monitoring four other fires in the area started by lightning in the past two days. An eight-person initial attack squad from the village of Shageluk was mobilized Wednesday to replace eight smokejumpers from the BLM […]

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Lightning ignites multiple wildfires on Kenai Peninsula

More than 50 wildland firefighters are responding to a 121-acre wildfire on the Kenai Peninsula, one of several wildfires on the Peninsula started by lightning associated with afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday. The Tustumena Lake Fire (#179) is located in the Caribou Hills approximately 30 miles south of Soldotna. The fire was discovered at 6 p.m. by […]

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Lightning sparks new wildfires in southwest Alaska

A rash of lightning sparked three new wildfires in southwest Alaska on Tuesday, two of which the Alaska Division of Forestry is working to suppress and one that is being monitored. Approximately 3,700 lightning strikes were detected across Alaska on Tuesday, most of which was concentrated in southwest Alaska in a north-south line between Bristol […]

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Wildfire near village on Kuskokwim River draws vigorous response from state forestry

Wildland firefighters are working to contain and mop up an 80-acre wildfire reported Friday afternoon in western Alaska near the village of Napaimute on the Kuskokwim River. The Kolmakof River Fire was reported by local residents and passing aircraft at approximately 4:40 p.m. as a 5-acre wildfire burning on the north bank of the river […]

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Firefighters wrap up work on Molybdenum Mountain Fire

Alaska Division of Forestry wildland firefighters have completed work on a 650-acre wildfire in southwest Alaska. The last of the firefighters working on the Molybdenum Mountain Fire were flown off the fire on Tuesday afternoon after declaring the fire 100 percent contained. The fire, located about 135 miles southwest of McGrath, was started by lightning […]

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