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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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Rain continues to subdue wildfires in southwest, western Alaska

All the wildfires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham have received varying amounts of precipitation over the past three days, moderating fire behavior and reducing the threat to villages and values at risk. Of the 124,714 acres burned in Alaska as of Sunday morning, 119,115 of those acres […]

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Alaska surpasses 100,000-acre mark as wildfire season heats up

Alaska’s wildfire season got off to a slow start but it’s been picking up speed during the last week and a half, due in large part to several lightning-caused fires burning in the southwest and western Alaska.   Alaska surpassed the 100,000-acre mark in acres burned for the season on Friday, according to the Alaska […]

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Rain takes edge off fire activity in southwest and western Alaska

Widespread rain has diminished wildfire activity in southwest and western Alaska the past two days, though several fires continue to burn and grow in size. Just about all the fires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area and the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s Galena Zone received varying amounts of precipitation over the past […]

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Change in weather should assist firefighters Southwest Alaska

Firefighters battling multiple lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska are finally getting a helping hand from Mother Nature in the form of cooler, wetter weather. Several fires have received varying amounts of precipitation and temperatures cooled considerably on Thursday night and Friday as a weather system moved in from the Bering Sea. The rain, higher relative […]

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