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Dramatic Wind Shift Pushes Shovel Creek Fire to the North

A dramatic wind shift produced by a passing thunderstorm Saturday night caused the Shovel Creek Fire (#319) northwest of Fairbanks to burn through an old retardant line and push north toward cabins along the Chatanika River, prompting an aggressive, late-night aerial response by firefighting personnel to slow the advance of the fire. The fire, which […]

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Shovel Creek Fire near Murphy Dome northwest of Fairbanks now estimated at 400 acres

As of Saturday morning, the Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome near Fairbanks is now an estimated 400 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The lightning-caused fire was reported at 5:20 p.m. Friday. Initial attack responders encountered extreme fire behavior Friday due to hot, dry conditions, which prompted rapid […]

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Feature photo of Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome on June 21, 2019.

Wildfire north of Murphy Dome threatening cabins along Chatanika River

UPDATE AS OF 8:15 p.m. The Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome northeast of Fairbanks has grown to an estimated 200 acres and is still 100 percent active. Air tankers have dropped four loads of retardant to try and box the fire in and it seems to be holding against the […]

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