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McKinley Fire Heavy Equipment Operators Explain the Process

McKinley Fire Suppression Repair: 3 Minute Video of Heavy Equipment Operators Vern and Neil

All of the equipment operators, including Vern and Neil who are featured in this short video, are critical to the success of both the suppression and repair of the McKinley Fire. Watch as Vern and Neil explain the process of reducing debris along the Mat-Stu Borough and DOT right of ways within the McKinley Fire […]

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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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A brush truck from the Anderson Volunteer Fire Department is parked along Kobe Ag Road near the Kobe Fire on Friday morning, July 12, 2019 as members of the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew gear up to head to the fire after arriving Friday morning. Photo by Chief Scott Thompson/Anderson Volunteer Fire Department

Kobe Fire near Anderson estimated at 1,200 acres; light rain, cooler temps tempering fire behavior

Wildfire managers for the Alaska Division of Forestry on Friday morning were formulating a plan of attack for a wildfire that forced the evacuation of two remote subdivisions about 10 miles south of the community of Anderson Thursday night. The Kobe Fire was estimated at approximately 1,200 acres on Friday morning, an increase of 700 […]

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Malaspina and Montana Creek fire update – July 9, 2019: Type 2 IMT takes command of fires

Firefighters on the Malaspina Fire made excellent progress on Monday, completing direct fireline construction with chainsaws and establishing hose lays around the fire’s perimeter. Interior portions of the fire remain active. The fire is 85 acres in size and 20% contained. The White Mountain Fire Crew, Matanuska-Susitna Borough fire engines and water tenders, and eight […]

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Two smokejumpers carry roles of hose and other supplies to construct containment lines on the Malaspina Fire on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Mike McMillan/Alaska Division of Forestry

Crews working to get containment line in on Malaspina and Montana Creek fires; Type 2 IMT ordered

The Malaspina Fire (#451) started on July 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Yoder Subdivision area and South Malaspina Loop near Talkeetna. Firefighters working the nearby Montana Creek Fire (#429) immediately responded to provide initial attack on the new fire and protect area residences. The Malaspina Fire is estimated to be about 100 acres in […]

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Smoke billows up from the Malaspina Fire in this picture taken from South Malaspina Loop on Sunday, July 7, 2019. Photo by Stephanie Bishop/Alaska Division of Forestry

New wildfire near Talkeetna prompts evacuations; estimated at 60-80 acres

A fire has destroyed one structure and forced the evacuation of a subdivision in the community of Sunshine near Talkeenta. The Malaspina Fire (#451) is located off South Malaspina Loop about one mile north of the Montana Creek Fire (#429) near Mile 98 Parks Highway. The fire was estimated at 60 to 80 acres as […]

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A photo of the Malaspina Fire (#451) as seen from the air on initial attack at 4:25 p.m. Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry

New wildfire reported about 1 mile north of Montana Creek Fire; evacuations in progress

Update 6:35 p.m. – The Malaspina Fire burning near Talkeetna is now estimated at 60 acres.  Firefighters say one structure was lost.  South Malaspina Loop Road, Montana Creek Road, Makuskin Road, and Yoder Road have all been evacuated. Crews are getting help from water scooping aircraft, air tankers dropping retardant, and Blackhawk helicopters dropping water […]

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A bulldozer works to clear a control line around the 365-acre Montana Creek Fire on Friday, July 5, 2019. Photo by Josh Turnbow/UAF Nanooks Wildland Fire Crew

Firefighters complete control line around Montana Creek Fire; containment up to 30 percent

Firefighters completed a control line around the Montana Creek Fire (#429) on Friday afternoon and the fire was mapped with a GPS at 365 acres. Containment has increased to 30 percent,, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The control line around the fire is a mix of dozer line and saw line cut by […]

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A helicopter dips water out of a pond to dump on the Montana Creek Fire with Denali in the background. Photo by Stephanie Bishop/Alaska Division of Forestry

Montana Creek Fire 10 percent contained; crews continue work to secure perimeter

Firefighters on Friday continued working to get a dozer line and hose lay around the perimeter of the Montana Creek Fire. The fire did not grow significantly on Friday and is estimated at 344 acres with 10 percent containment. Additional acreage is due to more accurate mapping. The fire started on Wednesday and is burning […]

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State forestry working to contain wildfires south of Fairbanks and north of Talkeetna

The Alaska Division of Forestry continues to work on containing two lightning-caused wildfires – one that started Sunday southwest of Fairbanks and one that started Monday north of Talkeetna. The 116-acre Livingston Fire about 15 miles southwest of Fairbanks is now 65 percent contained and fire managers are expecting the fire to be fully contained […]

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