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Last crews pulled off Medfra Fire in southwest Alaska

4 p.m. June 13, 2016 – The last two crews working on a wildfire in a remote part of southwest Alaska were scheduled to be demobilized today. The 9,607-acre Medfra Fire, which started on May 29 as the result of a holdover fire from the 2015 Soda Creek Fire, was listed as 99 percent contained […]

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Rain slows spread of 10,500-acre Medfra Fire in Southwest Alaska

A wildfire burning in remote Southwest Alaska is now estimated at almost 10,500 acres but fire behavior has moderated considerably as a result of rain, cooler temperatures and rising relative humidity. The latest acreage estimate for the Medfra Fire as of late Wednesday night was 10,488 acres. The fire is burning approximately 50 miles northeast […]

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Medfra and Berry Creek fires merge; now estimated at 8,130 acres

Two wildfires burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska have merged into one larger fire and firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are focusing on protection of Native allotments and any structures that may be in the area. The Medfra Fire and Berry Creek Fire merged sometime Tuesday night and the size of […]

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Alaska wildland fires from 2015 still pose risks this year

A year after the second-largest fire season on record in Alaska, the 2015 fire season is still smoking. The Alaska Division of Forestry has detected 16 “holdover” fires so far this season, including one on Saturday that ignited the 8,130-acre Medfra Fire now burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska. Holdover fires are just […]

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Medfra Fire now estimated at 2,000 acres but likely much larger

A wildfire burning in a remote part of Southwest Alaska has grown to at least 2,000 acres and fire managers with the Alaska Division of Forestry are still trying to get a firm handle on the size of the fire. A wind shift late Monday afternoon slowed the spread of the Medfra Fire burning approximately […]

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Medfra Fire grows to 1,650 acres; expected to merge with second fire today

A wind-driven wildfire in a remote part of Southwest Alaska had grown to at least 1,650 acres as of Sunday night and is expected to merge with another, smaller wildfire burning 3-4 miles to the north sometime today. The Alaska Division of Forestry is formulating a plan of attack to protect any structures and Native […]

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Firefighters contending with rapidly growing wildfire in Southwest Alaska

A wind-driven wildfire in a remote part of Southwest Alaska had grown to as much as 500 acres as of 6 p.m. and the Alaska Division of Forestry had called in smokejumpers and several crews in an effort to contain it. Two air retardant tankers and eight smokejumpers were doing what they could to slow […]

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