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Southwest Area Wildfire Update: More new lightning-caused fires; firefighters protecting two gold mines, one village, cabins and allotments

Eleven new lightning-caused fires were discovered in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area on Friday and more new fires are anticipated as a result of thousands of lightning strikes over the past three days. More than 1,500 lightning strikes were recorded in Alaska on Friday, down considerably from the two days previous when 10,000 […]

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This map shows the location of the approximately 10,000 lightning strikes that were detected in Alaska on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. A dozen new lightning-caused wildfires were reprted in Southwest Alaska on Wednesday.

Lightning strikes spark dozen new wildfires in Southwest Alaska on Wednesday

The Division of Forestry is actively managing numerous new and existing wildfires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Twelve new, lightning-caused fire starts were reported in the wake of widespread thunderstorms Wednesday, increasing the number of active fires in the Southwest Area to 29. Red Flag warnings remain in effect for most of Southwest Alaska today for […]

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The Hurst Creek Fire as seen during a reconnaissance flight on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The fire has since been consumed by the Old Grouch Top Fire. Photo by Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

New fires pop up in Southwest Alaska; existing fires growing larger

The Alaska Division of Forestry is actively managing several new and existing wildfires in the Southwest Alaska, many of which are growing in size due to the extended spell of hot, dry weather. The Tundra Lake Fire (#474) was reported on Wednesday and is burning about 50 miles northwest of Lake Clark National Park and […]

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Firefighters working to contain wildfires near Nikolai and Bethel

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office responded to two new lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska on Thursday, one near Nikolai and one near Bethel. The Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) was reported by a resident in the village of Nikolai at around 5 p.m. The fire was located in a Full protection area. Helitack […]

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Rain continues to subdue wildfires in southwest, western Alaska

All the wildfires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham have received varying amounts of precipitation over the past three days, moderating fire behavior and reducing the threat to villages and values at risk. Of the 124,714 acres burned in Alaska as of Sunday morning, 119,115 of those acres […]

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Cooler, cloudier weather helping firefighters get handle on 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire

Wildland firefighters took advantage of cooler, cloudier weather on Monday to start putting in containment lines around the perimeter of the 1,000-acre Tetlin River Fire about 20 miles south of Tok. The fire did not receive any precipitation on Sunday or Monday and the higher humidity the past two days has helped moderate fire activity. […]

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Twenty-four cadets graduate from Alaska Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy

A class of 24 cadets recently graduated from the Alaska Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy held at the Lost Lake Boy Scout Camp near Fairbanks from April 24 to May 9. The Academy is sponsored by the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters from around the state attended the Academy. There were cadets from the villages/communities of […]

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Southwest Area Fire updates, July 12

July 12, 2015 FIRE REPORT, SOUTHWEST AREA July 12, 2015 FIRES NEAR TELIDA Fire 733 –Bear Island Lake is a new 2,019-acre lightning caused fire about 6 miles from the Deaphon and Heldina Eluska home on their Native allotment at the confluence of the Swift Fork and the North Fork of the Kuskokwim River. A […]

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