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Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is 100 percent contained

Friday, Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway is now 100 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters toured the fire perimeter on Friday morning and declared the 303-acre fire fully contained, according to Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh. […]

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The latest perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer, as of 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Rain and snow help push containment up to 83 percent on Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer

Friday, Oct. 21 – 10:25 a.m. – With a little help from Mother Nature, firefighters on Thursday continued to gain ground on a wildfire smoldering along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 303-acre Moose Creek Fire is now 83 percent contained, according to a perimeter map released by the Alaska Division of Forestry on […]

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A perimeter map of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer as of 7 p.m. Monday. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitina Borough

Winds offer no respite for firefighters battling wildfires in Matanuska Valley

Monday, Oct. 17 – 7:15 p.m. – Windy weather made for another busy day for wildland firefighters in the Matanuska Valley. In addition to continuing their battle with a stubborn, late-season wildfire north of Palmer, Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters had to contend with three different wildfires caused by high winds blowing trees onto power lines. […]

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A bulldozer builds a fire line off the Glenn Highway early Monday morning in an attempt to prevent the Moose Creek Fire from encroaching on the highway north of Palmer. Photo by Jon Glover/Alaska Division of Forestry

Wildfire north of Palmer makes run toward Glenn Highway; high winds, limited resources pose serious challenge

For the third straight day, high winds and limited resources are posing a serious challenge to firefighters contending with a late-season wildfire along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 300-acre Moose Creek Fire started early Saturday morning as the result of an escaped debris burn and firefighters have been battling the wind-driven blaze around […]

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Two firefighters talk to a crew in a Division of Forestry engine on Sunday at the Moose Creek Fire near Sutton. The fire is now estimated at 300 acres and is 25 percent contained. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

Wildfire near Sutton is 25 percent contained; firefighters continue effort in harsh conditions

Sunday, Oct. 16 – 4:10 p.m. – A wildfire in the Matanuska Valley near Sutton is now 25 percent contained and firefighters continue to battle the blaze in harsh conditions. The Moose Creek Fire is now estimated at 300 acres, an increase of 84 acres from Saturday evening. The increase in acreage is due to better […]

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Rain over the Steamboat Creek Fire Helped with Fire Activity

Steamboat Creek Fire received some precipitation yesterday which reduced fire activity but a slight change in size at 19,328 acres. As the weather front moved in, winds shifted and smoke was impacting areas in the nearby region. Fire managers plan to keep the fire south and west of the Chitina River and are mobilizing vehicles […]

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Steamboat Creek Fire continues to make advances; now estimated at 12,000 acres

July 20, 3:30 p.m. – Approximately 50 community members of the McCarthy-Kennecott area attended a public meeting yesterday in McCarthy, where fire officials discussed and answered questions concerning the fire. Both Alaska Division of Forestry and National Park Service fire managers provided information on the current status of the fire, upcoming predicted fire weather, and […]

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Fires Continue to be monitored in the Copper River Basin

Fires from the recent lightning storms are continuing to burn in the Copper River Basin, but fire managers from the Alaska Division of Forestry and National Park Service have done an exceptional job with balancing suppression activities and managing fires for resource benefits. Fire is a natural process in the Alaska ecosystem which helps reduce […]

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NPS seeks public input for proposed wildland fire management plans in 4 Alaska parks

The National Park Service is soliciting public input on the proposed development of fire management plans for 28 park units nationwide including four in Alaska — Glacier Bay, Klondike Gold Rush, Kenai Fjords and Aniakchak. The NPS has prepared a scoping document that explains the purpose and need for developing a wildland fire management plan […]

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Denali National Park and Preserve Monitoring 13 Wildfires

For Immediate Release – July 27, 2015 Contact: Michelle Fidler – 907-644-3418 or Kathleen Kelly 907-683-9504 Denali National Park and Preserve Monitoring 13 Wildfires DENALI PARK, Alaska: Fire managers are currently monitoring 13 lightning-ignited wildfires burning in remote areas of Denali National Park and Preserve. There are no threats to park structures or sensitive resources […]

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