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State forestry monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok, one of which is visible from the Alaska Highway near the Canada border. The biggest of the three fires, the McArthur Creek Fire (#133), was reported on Tuesday and was estimated at 3,000 acres as of Thursday. It is located approximately 2 […]

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Early-season lightning strikes spark wildfires in Interior

Lightning has officially entered Alaska’s wildfire equation. Over the past two weeks, almost 5,000 lightning strikes have been recorded across Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks, which tracks daily lightning activity in Alaska. That number includes approximately 2,400 lightning strikes recorded on Monday, the highest single-day total of the season. There […]

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Rash of human-caused fires ushers in Alaska wildfire season; burn suspensions issued, caution advised

Wildfire season arrived in earnest over the weekend with a spate of human-caused wildfires in Southcentral Alaska. The Alaska Division of Forestry responded to 13 fire reports on Saturday and Sunday, all but two of which were located on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su Valley. All 13 fires were human caused. One of […]

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State Forestry releases schedule of statewide firefighter training classes

The Alaska Division of Forestry will be holding wildland firefighting training classes at different locations around the state in April and May. The classes are for veteran firefighters who already have a Red Card, as well as rookie firefighters looking to begin a career in wildland firefighting. Classes are scheduled at Area Forestry offices in […]

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Fire activity on Taixtsalda Hill Fire wanes with cooler, wetter weather; downsizing to begin today

Cloudy, cooler weather continues to help moderate fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire burning southeast of Tok. The fire, which started on July 23, is now estimated at 27,194 acres in size, an increase of 5,194 acres. However, the increase in acreage is due to better mapping rather than increased fire activity, according to […]

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Cooler, cloudier weather helps slow fire growth on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Cloudy and cooler weather helped moderate fire behavior and growth on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) on Thursday. The fire is now 22,000 acres in size, an increase of only 15 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles […]

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Efforts to protect property and cabins continue on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) was active on Wednesday, with several smoke columns visible from the Alaska Highway. The fire is now 21,985 acres in size, an increase of 1,485 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of Northway and 38 miles southeast of […]

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Taixtsalda Hill Fire gains another 2,000 acres; tops 20,000-acre mark

The hot and dry weather on Tuesday supported active fire behavior on the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357)  burning southeast of Tok. The fire is now estimated at 20,500 acres, an increase of 2,100 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest […]

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Firefighters conduct successful burnouts around allotments on Taixtsalda Hill Fire

Fire behavior was active again on Monday and the Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) southeast of Tok grew by another 3,000 acres. The fire is now estimated at 18,406 acres, an increase of approximately 3,000 acres. The fire, which started July 23, is burning in a remote area approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of […]

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Crews continue allotment protection on 15,200-acre Taixtsalda Hill Fire

The Taixtsalda Hill Fire (#357) burning southeast of Tok has grown to 15,200 acres as of Sunday evening, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire, which started July 23, is approximately 14 miles southwest of the village of Northway and 38 miles southeast of Tok. A Type 3 incident management team based in […]

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