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100th crew from Lower 48 arrives in Fairbanks

As blue-shirted ranks of firefighters stepped off a chartered jet and onto the tarmac of Fort Wainwright’s Ladd Army Airfield on Saturday evening, a 2019 milestone was reached for Alaska. Arrival of the five interagency handcrews from midwestern states marked the 100th crew coming to Alaska from the Lower 48 to fight fire this year. […]

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Two Local Fire Support Staff Involved in Multi-Vehicle Collision

COPPER CENTER, AK – At approximately 11:50 am on July 21, two public information officers, one from U.S. Forest Service, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and one from National Park Service, Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve were involved in a multi-vehicle collision near Mile Post 102.5 on the Richardson Highway. Both public information officers were […]

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Increase in Activity for Chetaslina and Long Fires

COPPER CENTER, AK – The Copper River Basin area weather provided some cloud coverage and cooler temperatures yesterday, but warmer, drier weather is expected again today and on into mid-week. In addition, strong, southerly winds are forecast which may increase the likelihood of fire spread to the north and northeast for the Chetaslina Fire (#606). […]

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Smoke and flames rise above the tree line in mountains.

Community Information Meeting on Chetaslina and Long Fires set for July 22

COPPER CENTER, AK – Valdez-Copper River Area Forestry and the National Park Service will host a fire information community meeting at the Kenny Lake Community Hall at 7 pm on Monday July 22, 2019. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Chetaslina Fire (#606) and the Long Fire (#484) currently […]

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Current fire and fireworks restrictions to help you have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July

Campfire restrictions Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kenai Peninsula State Parks, and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve Open campfires are restricted to designated campgrounds or cabins within enclosed metal fire grates or designated fire rings provided. Use of cooking stoves and gas grills […]

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First wildfire of the summer burning in Gates of the Arctic National Park

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The lightning-caused Chicken Creek Fire (#303) was discovered by detection aircraft the evening of Sunday, July 1. It is burning within the Gates of the Arctic National Park approximately 22 miles northeast of Bettles and 20 miles west of the Dalton Highway. It is 43.7 acres in size, but is expected to grow […]

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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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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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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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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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