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Members of the Alaska Division of Forestry's Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew prepare to load their gear onto a jetboat to be transported across the Klutina River to the Klutina River Fire on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Photo by Danny Schmitz

State forestry mobilizing more firefighters to Klutina River Fire

Fire managers for the Alaska Division of Forestry are hopeful that more boots on the ground will help them get a leg up on a 176-acre wildfire burning along the Klutina River south of Copper Center. Two crews from Montana – the Bitterroot Hotshots and Lewis and Clark Type 2 Initial Attack Crew – were […]

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State forestry firefighting crews head south to help in Lower 48

Fairbanks, AK) – With rain dampening wildfire activity in much of the state, the Alaska Division of Forestry has begun sending personnel to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts in several western states. Approximately 150 Alaska firefighters from the Division of Forestry have been sent south or will be leaving in the next […]

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2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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Support from Lower 48, Canada are key to Alaska firefighting efforts

Normally, it’s tourists who flock to Alaska from the Lower 48 in the summer. This year, it’s been firefighters and other firefighting personnel. With Alaska on pace to set a new record for the number of acres burned by wildfires, the state has had to reach out to Lower 48 states for resources to supplement […]

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