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State campfire closure lifted north of Alaska Range

With wildfire danger moderating in some parts of the state due to cooler, wetter weather, the Alaska Division of Forestry is lifting the campfire closure order that was put into effect last week on state, private and municipal lands in the following boroughs and geographic regions effective at noon on Sunday, July 14: Denali Borough […]

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A map showing the areas where call campfires will be prohibited effective July 9, 2019.

State parks and forestry issue closure on campfires in Interior, Southcentral

No campfires will be allowed on state, private or municipal lands in Southcentral and Interior Alaska starting today, according to state forestry and parks officials who said extreme wildfire danger demands they preempt potential new ignition sources. The joint orders from directors of the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Division of […]

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Rain temporarily calms fire behavior on Boundary River Fire near Tok

Monday’s damp weather and overcast skies helped to moderate fire behavior on the Boundary River Fire burning approximately 40 miles southeast of Tok. The Boundary River Fire (#362), started by lightning on June 23, is estimated at 15,000 acres as of Monday night, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire is burning west […]

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The McArthur Creek Fire near the Alaska/Canada border as seen from the air on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Photo by Peter Talus/Alaska Division of Forestry

Boundary River and McArthur Creek fires near Tok still growing

The Boundary River Fire (#362) approximately 40 miles southeast of Tok has grown to an estimated 8,000 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was started by lightning on June 23 and is burning west of the Nabesna River approximately 10 miles southwest of the village of Northway. The fire grew rapidly […]

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An aerial photo of the 1,689-acre Boundary River Fire taken on Thursday during initial attack. Photo by Peter Talus/Alaska Division of Forestry

State forestry strategizing to manage 1,700-acre wildfire southeast of Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is formulating a plan to manage an approximately 1,689-acre wildfire southeast of Tok. The Boundary River Fire (#362) was reported at around 5 p.m. Sunday as a 1-acre fire burning in black spruce and tundra approximately 40 miles southeast of Tok and 12 miles southwest of Northway. Driven by wind, […]

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State forestry monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok, one of which is visible from the Alaska Highway near the Canada border. The biggest of the three fires, the McArthur Creek Fire (#133), was reported on Tuesday and was estimated at 3,000 acres as of Thursday. It is located approximately 2 […]

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Early-season lightning strikes spark wildfires in Interior

Lightning has officially entered Alaska’s wildfire equation. Over the past two weeks, almost 5,000 lightning strikes have been recorded across Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks, which tracks daily lightning activity in Alaska. That number includes approximately 2,400 lightning strikes recorded on Monday, the highest single-day total of the season. There […]

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Fire activity on Taixtsalda Hill Fire wanes with cooler, wetter weather; downsizing to begin today

Cloudy, cooler weather continues to help moderate fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire burning southeast of Tok. The fire, which started on July 23, is now estimated at 27,194 acres in size, an increase of 5,194 acres. However, the increase in acreage is due to better mapping rather than increased fire activity, according to […]

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Cooler, cloudier weather helps slow fire growth on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Cloudy and cooler weather helped moderate fire behavior and growth on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) on Thursday. The fire is now 22,000 acres in size, an increase of only 15 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles […]

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Efforts to protect property and cabins continue on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was active on Wednesday, with several smoke columns visible from the Alaska Highway. The fire is now 21,985 acres in size, an increase of 1,485 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of Northway and 38 miles southeast of […]

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