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Public should be aware of potential hazards in Shovel Creek Fire area

The Alaska Division of Forestry in Fairbanks has received multiple reports from the public about fire activity in the Shovel Creek Fire area northwest of Fairbanks in recent days. The state forestry office wants to remind the public that it remains an active fire and will continue to exhibit minimal fire activity even with all […]

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Shovel Creek Fire still putting up occasional smoke as firefighters continue patrols

More than 20 firefighters are continuing to mop up and patrol the Shovel Creek Fire (#319). The 22,453-acre wildfire near Murphy Dome about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks is 55 percent contained. The fire was started by lightning on June 21. Command of the fire was transferred from a Type 3 to a Type 4 […]

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Fairbanks Area Wildfire Update July 27: Rain helps calm fires

Firefighters working to contain several wildfires in the Fairbanks Area got a helping hand from Mother Nature on Friday in the form of much-needed, widespread rain that helped subdue fire behavior. While the rain that fell overnight Thursday and much of Friday isn’t enough to be considered a “season-ending event,” it should assist firefighters who […]

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The Rainbow 2 Fire burning approximately 15 miles west of Delta Junction and west of the Tanana River. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.

State forestry battling 100-acre lightning-caused wildfire west of Delta Juntion

Air tankers and water-scooping aircraft are responding to a lightning-caused wildfire west of Delta Junction across the Delta River near Delta Creek. The Rainbow 2 Fire was reported at 5 p.m. shortly after lightning moved through the area and had grown to an estimated 50 acres by 5:30 p.m. It had grown to an estimated […]

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Shovel Creek Fire June 29 2019

Shovel Creek Fire: Winds Push Fire East with Level 2 evacuation alert for Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions

With the #ShovelCreekFire near Murphy Dome established east of 7 Mile Trail, the Alaska Incident Management Team managing the fire has recommended to Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations to raise the evacuation alert for both Martin and Perfect Perch subdivisions from a Level 1 (READY) to a Level 2 (SET). The Martin and Perfect […]

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Shovel Creek Fire update: Level 2 evacuation alert issued for Lincoln Creek subdivision

With the Shovel Creek Fire near Murphy Dome established in the Shovel Creek drainage, firefighters have initiated tactical firing operations to reduce the potential threat to the nearby subdivisions. The Alaska Incident Management Team managing the fire has recommended to Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations to raise the evacuation alert for the Lincoln Creek […]

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Crews fighting to keep Shovel Creek Fire within containment lines; Nugget Creek Fire grows to 1,550 acres

On Thursday, the Shovel Creek Fire continued to burn actively in black spruce within the Shovel Creek basin. Despite cooler temperatures, increased cloud cover, and light winds, some individual and group tree torching did occur. As of Friday morning, the fire was estimated at 2,307 acres, an increase of about 700 acres, accoding to the […]

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Norm McDonald, incident commander for the Alaska Type 2 Green Incident Management Team, addresses a crowd of about 180 people at a community meeting regarding the Shovel Creek Fire at the Ken Kunkel Community Center on Wednesday night, June 26, 2019. Photo by Tim Mowry/Alaska Division of Forestry

Shovel Creek Fire crosses creek, grows to 1,600 acres

On Wednesday afternoon, winds from the northeast increased fire activity on the western flank of the Shovel Creek Fire in the Shovel Creek drainage. Due to spotting embers, an 80-acre spot fire grew on the west side of Shovel Creek as the fire burned uphill into the 2009 Hardluck Creek Fire scar. Overall, the Shovel […]

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A smoke column rises from the Shovel Creek Fire Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019 as viewed from atop Murphy Dome northwest of Fairbanks. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

Shovel Creek Fire grows to 900 acres; community meeting tonight in Goldstream Valley

The Alaska Incident Management Team will host a community meeting for the Shovel Creek Fire (#319) on Wednesday, June 26 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Ken Kunkel Community Center pavilion (2645 Goldstream Road, Fairbanks AK). The incident management team will provide an update on the current fire situation and be available to answer questions […]

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Firefighters gather for the morning briefing for the Shovel Creek Fire near Murphy Dome on Tuesday morning, June 25, 2019. Photo by Sarah Saarloos.

Increase in fire activity prompts Level 1 evacuation alert for Shovel Creek Fire

The Alaskan Type 2 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Norm McDonald) assumed command of the Shovel Creek (#319) and Nugget Creek (#323) Fires 7 a.m. on Monday, June 24. The Shovel Creek Fire was started by lightning on June 21 and is located 3 miles north of Murphy Dome, about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks. […]

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