Tag Archives: Richardson Highway

Large smoke columns from South Fork Salcha Fire attract attention in Fairbanks, Delta

A wildfire burning about 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks continues to attract attention due to the large smoke plumes it is producing that are visible from both Interior communities and the Richardson Highway. The lightning-caused South Fork Salcha Fire was reported late Thursday morning. It is burning in […]

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Crews mopping up 15-acre wildfire next to Richardson Highway near Birch Lake

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry are mopping up a 15-acre wildfire that closed the Richardson Highway near Birch Lake for a short time on Friday night. The MP 308.5 Richardson Hwy Fire was reported by a passing motorist on the north side of the highway at 6:25 p.m. Smoke and flames were […]

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Graphic of wildland firefighter lighting a field of grass on fire for prescribed burn for Yukon Training Area located 35 miles east of Fairbanks. Smoke may be visible from the Chena Hot Springs Road, Richardson Highway and adjacent communities.

BLM AFS and U.S. Army Alaska to Conduct Prescribed Burn in Stuart Creek Impact Area

Starting as early as Sunday and as weather and conditions allow, the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) and U.S. Army Alaska (USARAK) will implement a prescribed fire in the Yukon Training Area located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks. Ignitions on the Stuart Creek Impact Area may continue through to May 14. […]

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More rain falls on Mid Salcha Fire

July 21, 6:30 p.m. – It was another wet day for wildland firefighters on the 1,165-acre Mid Salcha Fire south of Fairbanks on Thursday. Almost another inch of rain fell on the fire burning near the Salcha River about 15 air miles upstream from the Richardson Highway, putting the total rainfall that has fallen on […]

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Firefighters mopping up Mid Salcha Fire – literally

Crews continue mop-up operations on the rain-soaked Mid Salcha Fire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks. The 1,165-acre wildfire is 50 percent contained and there are 129 personnel still working on the fire, including five 20-person crews, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The main focus at this point is securing the northern […]

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Two wildfires along Tiekel River near Mile 50 of Richardson Highway being monitored closely

Two fires visible from the Richardson Highway south of Copper Center have drawn attention from the public but they do not pose a threat at this time and are being monitored closely by the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Copper River Area office. The Tiekel #1 and Tiekel #2 fires are burning in a Limited suppression […]

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High water poses logistical challenges for firefighters on Salcha River wildfire

July 19, 8:30 p.m. – Firefighters working on a wildfire burning near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks went from fighting fire to building bridges on Tuesday morning. A rapid rise in the Salcha River due to heavy rain the previous 48 hours had firefighters scrambling to relocate campsites and helicopter landing zones, as well as […]

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Rain helps and hinders firefighters on Mid Salcha Fire

Fairbanks – July 18, 7:45 p.m. – While heavy rain has aided firefighters working a fire burning near dozens of recreational cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks, it is also posing challenges. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire has received over 2 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. While the rain has […]

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Rain aids crews on wildfire burning near Salcha River

July 17, 9 p.m. – Firefighters battling a fire near dozens of cabins on the Salcha River continued to get a helping hand from Mother Nature on Sunday as more rain fell on the fire. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire is no longer threatening recreational cabins along the south bank of the river and the […]

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Change in weather helps firefighters get foothold on wildfire near Salcha River

July 16, 5:45 p.m. – Mother Nature continued to aid firefighters working to suppress a wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks on Saturday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. A change in wind direction on Friday afternoon helped push the Mid Salcha Fire away from the river and cabins. […]

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