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A burnout operation on the 31,705-acre Aggie Creek Fire along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline north of Fairbanks on July 16, 2015. Photo by Phillip Spor

Report: Human-caused climate change increases likelihood of severe fire seasons in Alaska

A report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the likelihood of a severe fire season in Alaska, similar to 2015 when more than 5.1 million acres burned, has risen significantly (34-60%) due to human-caused climate change. The 2015 Alaska fire season burned the second largest number of acres in Alaska […]

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Mid Salcha Fire now 90 percent contained

July 23, 11:25 a.m. – Containment on the Mid Salcha Fire increased on Friday while the estimated number of acres burned decreased. Due to better mapping, the burned acreage total for the wildfire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks is now estimated at 1,049 acres, down from the previous estimate of 1,164 acres, according […]

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Firefighters mopping up Mid Salcha Fire – literally

Crews continue mop-up operations on the rain-soaked Mid Salcha Fire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks. The 1,165-acre wildfire is 50 percent contained and there are 129 personnel still working on the fire, including five 20-person crews, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The main focus at this point is securing the northern […]

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High water poses logistical challenges for firefighters on Salcha River wildfire

July 19, 8:30 p.m. – Firefighters working on a wildfire burning near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks went from fighting fire to building bridges on Tuesday morning. A rapid rise in the Salcha River due to heavy rain the previous 48 hours had firefighters scrambling to relocate campsites and helicopter landing zones, as well as […]

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Rain helps and hinders firefighters on Mid Salcha Fire

Fairbanks – July 18, 7:45 p.m. – While heavy rain has aided firefighters working a fire burning near dozens of recreational cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks, it is also posing challenges. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire has received over 2 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. While the rain has […]

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Rain aids crews on wildfire burning near Salcha River

July 17, 9 p.m. – Firefighters battling a fire near dozens of cabins on the Salcha River continued to get a helping hand from Mother Nature on Sunday as more rain fell on the fire. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire is no longer threatening recreational cabins along the south bank of the river and the […]

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Change in weather helps firefighters get foothold on wildfire near Salcha River

July 16, 5:45 p.m. – Mother Nature continued to aid firefighters working to suppress a wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks on Saturday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. A change in wind direction on Friday afternoon helped push the Mid Salcha Fire away from the river and cabins. […]

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Change in wind direction pushes wildfire near Salcha River away from cabins

July 15, 8:30 p.m. – A change in wind direction on Friday helped firefighters keep a wildfire burning south of Fairbanks along the Salcha River from advancing toward several recreational cabins along the river. The Mid Salcha Fire quadrupled in size on Friday from 350 acres to approximately 1,500 acres but west winds pushed the […]

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Wildfire near Salcha River grows to 700 acres; firefighters contending with high winds

A wildfire threatening multiple cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks is now estimated at 700 acres and firefighters are working furiously to keep the blaze in check, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Firefighters are being challenged by high winds that are pushing the fire north/northeast toward the river and cabins. Two […]

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Firefighers attacking wildfire threatening several cabins on Salcha River

July 14, 6:30 p.m. – Firefighters are attacking a lightning-caused wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The Mid Salcha Fire was reported at around 4:30 p.m. and had grown to about 100 acres as of 6 p.m. The fire is located about 15 air […]

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