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Lightning ignites dozens of new wildfires in Southwest Alaska; more expected with more lightning

Widespread lightning has started at least 30 new fires since Thursday in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area around McGrath. A Red Flag Warning remained in effect for most of Southwest Area for more lightning on Friday and fire managers anticipate finding more new starts in coming days as a result of the recent […]

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This map shows the location of the approximately 10,000 lightning strikes that were detected in Alaska on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. A dozen new lightning-caused wildfires were reprted in Southwest Alaska on Wednesday.

Lightning strikes spark dozen new wildfires in Southwest Alaska on Wednesday

The Division of Forestry is actively managing numerous new and existing wildfires in Alaska’s Southwest Area. Twelve new, lightning-caused fire starts were reported in the wake of widespread thunderstorms Wednesday, increasing the number of active fires in the Southwest Area to 29. Red Flag warnings remain in effect for most of Southwest Alaska today for […]

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Firefighters continue work on Southwest Alaska fires

One new lightning-caused wildfire was reported in the Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area on Friday. The 55-acre Sunshine Mountains fire is located in a Limited protection area approximately 35 miles northeast of McGrath. The fire was reported by a state forestry aircraft at around 7:30 p.m. Friday. The fire is actually two fires that […]

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Lightning-caused wildfires keeping firefighters busy in Southwest Alaska

Lightning strikes ignited five new wildfires in the area around Bethel, McGrath and Dillingham on Wednesday, bringing the total number of current active fires in the Southwest Area to 20, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry’s McGrath office. Firefighters are actively working to suppress three of those fires, two of which are burning in […]

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Map of the Ongivinuk River Fire.

State, federal fire managers monitoring fire in Togiak National Wildife Refuge

State and federal fire managers are keeping an eye on a 764-acre fire burning in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge near the confluence of No Lake Creek and the Ongivinuck River. The lightning-caused Ongivinuk River Fire (#175) started on June 5 and is burning about 44 miles northeast of Dillingham. The Alaska Division of Forestry […]

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