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This photo shows the steep terrain the Crow Pass Fire is burning in near the Crow Pass Trail east of Anchorage in Chugach State Park. Photo by Mat-Su Area helitack

State forestry working to contain small wildfire in steep country near Crow Pass Trail

The Alaska Division of Forestry is currently working to contain a small wildfire that started on Sunday near the Crow Pass Trail east of Anchorage in Chugach State Park. The Crow Pass Fire (#713) was reported by passing aircraft at about 5 p.m. Sunday in the Eagle River drainage near Icicle Creek. The fire was […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/29-7/30; Air quality improving, but smoke not gone over central Interior

While recent weather conditions have decreased smoke in most areas, warmer weather and persistent drought may cause an increase in fire activity over the next few days. Light haze may also develop over Juneau from fires in Canada, but air quality will remain good there. North (Fairbanks, Denali National Park, Upper Yukon) Fire Drought conditions […]

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A helicopter contracted by the Alaska Division of Forestry sits near Rainy Pass Lodge on Wednesday morning, July 24, 2019 as smoke from the Rainy Pass Fire a mile away is visible. Photo by Greg King/Soloy Helicopters

Weather hinders efforts to get firefighters on ground at Rainy Pass Fire

The Alaska Division of Forestry is trying to mobilize more firefighters to help contain a remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage that is burning a mile from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Rainy Pass Fire (#664), which was started by lightning on Tuesday […]

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The smoke column from the Rainy Pass Fire (#664) rises about one-half mile from Rainy Pass Lodge on Tuesday night, July 23, 2019. Photo by Alaska Division of Forestry Air Attack

Wildfire near Rainy Pass prompts evacuation of remote lodge along Iditarod Trail

A remote wildfire northwest of Anchorage late Tuesday night prompted the evacuation of more than two dozen people from a historic hunting lodge that also serves as a checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Rainy Pass Fire (#664) was reported at 8:11 p.m. after a lightning strike started the fire near Rainy […]

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Smoke Outlook 7/24-7/25: Rain moving northward is helping disperse smoke

Widespread rain in southern Alaska brought relief from smoky conditions and is moving northward. With the rainfall, the smoke is dispersing to the north, but smoke will settle in again overnight across northern Alaska. By tomorrow, smoke in the north is expected to cross the Brooks Range onto the North Slope. Conditions remain dry and […]

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Smoke outlook for 7/23 – 7/24: unhealthy air in some areas as smoke returns across Alaska

Heavier smoke returns to the Upper Yukon Valley and will primarily be moving south and west today, both from the large complex fires, as well as from the fires closer to Fairbanks and Denali. Some local areas will experience unhealthy conditions, especially in the mornings, including including Rampart, Fort Yukon, and parts of Denali National […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/22 – 7/23: Warmer temperatures return, heavy smoke in Upper Yukon zone

A high pressure system is returning to Alaska, bringing warmer temperatures back to fire areas and an increase in fire activity. Fuels in Alaska especially dry in the Upper Yukon Valley where numerous fires are burning, with heavy smoke being produced that is affecting air quality. Many times, communities will see clear skies in the […]

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Firefighters still mopping up Malaspina and Montana Creek fires near Talkeetna

Firefighters continue mopping up two wildfires that started within tour days and 2 miles of each other near Talkeetna three weeks ago. An infrared flight over the 367-Montana Creek Fire (#469) and 83-acre Malaspina Fire (#491) on Saturday revealed two hot spots on the Montana Creek Fire but no other areas of concern. Those two […]

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Smoke Outlook for 7/20 – 7/21: Weather moderating in many areas, diminished levels of smoke anticipated

Temperature is moderating in many areas of Alaska including the Upper Yukon Zone. Wind gusts up to 30 mph in the Upper Yukon Zone is expected for today and will have an impact to fire activity. Smoke is forecasted to be in the unhealthy range once again, and residents are advised to take any steps […]

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What’s the difference between a state burn suspension and closure?

Understandably, there seems to be some confusion amongst the public regarding the campfire closure that was recently issued – and has since been rescinded – by the Alaska Division of Forestry and how that relates to burn suspensions. The first thing you need to know is that Division of Forestry burn closures and suspensions apply […]

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