Tag Archives: McGrath

Firefighters mopping up 5-acre wildfire started by fire that burned down Aniak River Lodge

Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath station and BLM Alaska Fire Service responded to a structure fire that burned down a lodge and multiple cabins on the Aniak River Tuesday night and then spread into the surrounding wildlands. The owner of the Aniak River Lodge reported the fire at 6 p.m. using an […]

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Smoke from wildfires in Southwest Alaska impacting Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities

Smoke from a cluster of four wildfires burning in southwest Alaska is impacting some Yukon-Kuskokwim communities in the area around Bethel and Dillingham. Residents in Togiak and Goodnews Bay reported heavy smoke in their communities early Tuesday afternoon. The smoke is likely being blown into the communities from four different lightning-caused fires burning in the […]

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Local responders to Aniak plane crash praised; injured state forestry personnel recovering

Three of the four Division of Forestry employees injured in a plane crash in the Western Alaska village of Aniak on Thursday are recovering in Anchorage hospitals today while the fourth has been treated and released. The three individuals still hospitalized suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and are in stable condition. The pilot was […]

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State Forestry releases 2020 Red Card and Refresher class schedules

The Alaska Division of Forestry has released its schedule of Basic Firefighter and Fireline Safety Refresher classes for the 2020 wildland fire season. Anyone interested in working as a Division of Forestry wildland firefighter or any support roles associated with wildland firefighting must possess an Incident Qualification Card, commonly called a Red Card, in accordance with the […]

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How do they to it? A closer look at the Incident Command System at the Mcgrath Fire Base

The Laguna Fire of 1970 scorched more than 175,000 acres east of San Diego, California, killing 16 people and costing taxpayers $234 million. Resulting studies of the Laguna Fire and other catastrophic fires found that failures in communications and management — not a lack of resources or the tactical efforts of firefighters and first responders […]

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“How Do They Do It?” A Closer Look at Fire Management in Southwest Alaska.

Southwest Alaska Area Fire Management Officer (AFMO) Seth Ross pedals his bike swiftly toward helibase. One of three nearby helicopters begins to spool up, its rotors gaining momentum as five initial attack (IA) helitack firefighters wait inside, ready. Ross motions to the helibase manager to come over just before he motions to marshal the ship […]

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A helicopter contracted by the Alaska Division of Forestry sits near Rainy Pass Lodge on Wednesday morning, July 24, 2019 as smoke from the Rainy Pass Fire a mile away is visible. Photo by Greg King/Soloy Helicopters

Weather hinders efforts to get firefighters on ground at Rainy Pass Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is trying to mobilize more firefighters to help contain a remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage that is burning a mile from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Rainy Pass Fire (#664), which was started by lightning on Tuesday […]

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The smoke column from the Rainy Pass Fire (#664) rises about one-half mile from Rainy Pass Lodge on Tuesday night, July 23, 2019. Photo by Alaska Division of Forestry Air Attack

Wildfire near Rainy Pass prompts evacuation of remote lodge along Iditarod Trail

A remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage late Tuesday night prompted the evacuation of more than two dozen people from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Rainy Pass Fire (#664) was reported at 8:11 p.m. after a lightning strike started the fire near Rainy […]

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Southwest Area Wildfire Update: More new lightning-caused fires; firefighters protecting two gold mines, one village, cabins and allotments

Eleven new lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area on Friday and more new fires are anticipated as a result of thousands of lightning strikes over the past three days. More than 1,500 lightning strikes were recorded in Alaska on Friday, down considerably from the two days previous when 10,000 […]

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Lightning ignites dozens of new wildfires in Southwest Alaska; more expected with more lightning

Widespread lightning has started at least 30 new fires since Thursday in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area around McGrath. A Red Flag Warning remained in effect for most of Southwest Area for more lightning on Friday and fire managers anticipate finding more new starts in coming days as a result of the recent […]

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