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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to be some confusion amongst the public regarding the campfire closure that was recently issued – and has since been rescinded – by the Alaska Division of Forestry and how that relates to burn suspensions.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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Aircraft, smokejumpers corral 45-acre wildfire near Lake Louise

With assistance from a heavy aerial assault featuring multiple air tankers and water-scooping aircraft, eight smokejumpers were able to corral a lightning-caused wildfire near Lake Louise on Sunday night. The Lake Louise Fire was reported at 45 acres as of Monday morning, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire is located about 4 […]

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Wildfire near village on Kuskokwim River draws vigorous response from state forestry

Wildland firefighters are working to contain and mop up an 80-acre wildfire reported Friday afternoon in western Alaska near the village of Napaimute on the Kuskokwim River. The Kolmakof River Fire was reported by local residents and passing aircraft at approximately 4:40 p.m. as a 5-acre wildfire burning on the north bank of the river […]

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State forestry battling small wildfire near Glennallen

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are currently working to suppress a small wildfire near the community of Glennallen. The Moose Creek Fire, estimated at about 1 ½ acres as of 5:30 p.m., is located on the north bank of the Tazlina River about 2 miles southwest of Glennallen. The fire was reported […]

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Rash of human-caused fires ushers in Alaska wildfire season; burn suspensions issued, caution advised

Wildfire season arrived in earnest over the weekend with a spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused. One of […]

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State forestry firefighters assist in stopping 2.5-acre brush fire in Ninilchik

A quick response by firefighters from local fire departments and the Alaska Division of Forestry helped keep a 2 ½ -acre brush fire in check Saturday on the Kenai Peninsula. The Bluff Drive Fire in Ninilchik was reported at 1:18 p.m. The fire started in a subdivision in the area of Oil Well Road and […]

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State Forestry releases schedule of statewide firefighter training classes

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding wildland firefighting training classes at different locations around the state in April and May. The classes are for veteran firefighters who already have a Red Card, as well as rookie firefighters looking to begin a career in wildland firefighting. Classes are scheduled at Area Forestry offices in […]

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