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Warm, dry weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,618 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 300   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Southwest winds pushed the Isom Creek Fire away from the Dalton Highway allowing firefighting crews to secure and improve their firelines along the highway and Hovercraft Road. Firefighters were […]

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Isom Creek Fire grows significantly, crosses Dalton Highway

June 7, 2020 – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) grew exponentially Saturday evening and crossed the Dalton Highway south of the Yukon River crossing. Despite two days of an aggressive air attack on the fire in the form of water-scoopers, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water buckets, the fire became very active in the […]

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Chalkyitsik Complex: 57% completion, rain expected

NEW: Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) Lifted: No TRF over fire complex Firefighters made significant progress on securing and strengthening lines across the fire complex Thursday.  Moderate fire behavior was experienced across the complex with interior burning and activity on the western perimeter near the Grass River (Bearnose Hill Fire).  The Small Timber Lake Fire continued […]

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Swan Lake Fire Line Holds Despite Warm Weather

On a hot Saturday, firefighters and the Sterling community saw their fire lines tested north of the Sterling Highway and Homer Electric transmission line as fire activity picked up.  Sunday will be another test.  Also along the south side of the Swan Lake Fire, crews mopped-up and started suppression repair work for restoration of wildlife […]

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Crews Strengthen Line Along Sterling Highway

On Friday, firefighters strengthened and reinforced fire lines along the Sterling Highway and East Fork Moose River. In the muskeg area of the Moose River in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, crews are mopping up the burn scar of the 2017 East Fork Fire, which has left a heavy load of dead and down trees, […]

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Crews Work to Strengthen Containment Along South Edge of Swan Lake Fire

Crews worked along natural barriers Thursday to complete the burnout operation along the Sterling Highway and the East Fork Moose River. Firefighters are working along the Sterling Highway achieving a 20-25 feet wide cold line perimeter. Once this is completed and the line strengthened in coming days, it will protect Sterling and the highway corridor. […]

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Swan Lake Fire Update: Firing Operations Completed North of the Highway and the Transmission Line

Strategic firing operations continued yesterday along the Sterling Highway from Milepost 68, west toward the Watson Lake campground. Unfavorable conditions with winds out of the north slowed hand-firing efforts during the morning. Helicopters and drones with Plastic Sphere Dispensing (PSD) machines that drop ping-pong like balls with reactive chemicals inside were used to increase the […]

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Swan Lake Fire Burn Operations Continue Along the Sterling Highway & Community Meeting Tonight at 6 PM

Fire crews conducted a strategic fire operation yesterday north of the Sterling Highway and the Homer Electric Transmission line. Utilizing aerial ignitions and ground support, firefighters took advantage of favorable conditions to establish a control line and draw the fire near the road system away from the Sterling Highway and into areas away from critical […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 25th Update: Firefighters Poised to Implement Strategic Firing Operations with Favorable Winds.

 Today fire crews are planning a strategic firing operation to establish a control line to the north of the Sterling Highway and the Homer Electric Transmission line. Travelers can expect traffic delays between mileposts 58 to 75. Pilot cars will be moving traffic in the northbound lane and fire apparatus will be positioned in the […]

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Swan Lake Fire June 24th Update: Winds Push Fire Towards Sterling Highway

 Firefighting efforts intensified yesterday as the fire was steadily pushed by a north-northwest wind to the south and east. Despite aggressive air support, the fire moved south in the Mystery Creek Road area by mid-afternoon and in some cases crossed established containment lines. The fire is estimated to be two miles from the Sterling Highway. […]

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