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Alaskans head to southeastern U.S. to help battle wildfires

Fairbanks – Nov. 7, 2016 – 4:15 p.m. -Alaska’s state and federal wildfire suppression agencies are deploying personnel to the Lower 48 to help battle wildfires in the drought-stricken southeastern U.S. In the last two weeks, more than a dozen personnel from state and federal agencies in Alaska have been sent to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, […]

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Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer is 100 percent contained

Friday, Oct. 21 – 4 p.m. – The Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer along the Glenn Highway is now 100 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters toured the fire perimeter on Friday morning and declared the 303-acre fire fully contained, according to Incident Commander Phil Blydenburgh. […]

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The latest perimeter map of the 303-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer, as of 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Rain and snow help push containment up to 83 percent on Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer

Friday, Oct. 21 – 10:25 a.m. – With a little help from Mother Nature, firefighters on Thursday continued to gain ground on a wildfire smoldering along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 303-acre Moose Creek Fire is now 83 percent contained, according to a perimeter map released by the Alaska Division of Forestry on […]

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A perimeter map of the 328-acre Moose Creek Fire north of Palmer as of 7 p.m. Monday. Leah Jones/Matanuska-Susitina Borough

Winds offer no respite for firefighters battling wildfires in Matanuska Valley

Monday, Oct. 17 – 7:15 p.m. – Windy weather made for another busy day for wildland firefighters in the Matanuska Valley. In addition to continuing their battle with a stubborn, late-season wildfire north of Palmer, Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters had to contend with three different wildfires caused by high winds blowing trees onto power lines. […]

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A bulldozer builds a fire line off the Glenn Highway early Monday morning in an attempt to prevent the Moose Creek Fire from encroaching on the highway north of Palmer. Photo by Jon Glover/Alaska Division of Forestry

Wildfire north of Palmer makes run toward Glenn Highway; high winds, limited resources pose serious challenge

For the third straight day, high winds and limited resources are posing a serious challenge to firefighters contending with a late-season wildfire along the Glenn Highway north of Palmer. The 300-acre Moose Creek Fire started early Saturday morning as the result of an escaped debris burn and firefighters have been battling the wind-driven blaze around […]

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Two firefighters talk to a crew in a Division of Forestry engine on Sunday at the Moose Creek Fire near Sutton. The fire is now estimated at 300 acres and is 25 percent contained. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

Wildfire near Sutton is 25 percent contained; firefighters continue effort in harsh conditions

Sunday, Oct. 16 – 4:10 p.m. – A wildfire in the Matanuska Valley near Sutton is now 25 percent contained and firefighters continue to battle the blaze in harsh conditions. The Moose Creek Fire is now estimated at 300 acres, an increase of 84 acres from Saturday evening. The increase in acreage is due to better […]

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Division of Forestry monitoring wildfire in Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

June 3 – A small wildfire burning in a remote part of the the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Alaska is being monitored by the Alaska Division of Forestry with assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Aropuk Lake Fire was estimated at 20 acres when it was reported Thursday morning. […]

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USFWS report: Past fuel treatments slowed spread of Card Street Fire

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just released a report that examines the effects of past fuel treatments on the refuge and how they influenced fire behavior and spread during the Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula this past summer. Here’s a brief summary of the report. Click on […]

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Fire Closure Lifted Statewide for FWS National Widlife Refuges update, July 10

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE Region 7 – Alaska 1011 East Tudor Road Anchorage, Alaska 99503 (907)786-3309 (TDD Available) Contact: Andrea Medeiros, 907-786-3695, andrea_medeiros@fws.gov July 10, 2015 Fire Closure Lifted Statewide for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuges Individual Refuges May Impose Fire Restrictions in Response to Local Conditions The U.S. Fish and […]

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More than 300 firefighters make progress on Card Street Fire

3:30 p.m. – The Card Street Fire continues to burn into the marshlands and recreation area of Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The fire is established in a full suppression area of the refuge and all actions are being taken to keep the fire at the smallest possible acreage. The fire has burned 7,657 acres […]

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