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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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Surface fuels burn in the Moose Creek Fire late Saturday afternoon near Sutton. The fire is now estimated at 216 acres and there are 50 personnel working to suppress it. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

High winds, cold temperatures challenge firefighters working to contain wildfire near Sutton

Sunday, Oct. 16 – 10:30 a.m. – Firefighters were back on the line at first light Sunday to continue work on containing a wildfire that started on Saturday along the Glenn Highway near Sutton in the Matanuska Valley. The Moose Creek Fire is burning about 12 miles north of Palmer and 5 miles south of […]

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A Convair CV580 air tanker from the Alaska Division of Forestry drops a load of retardant on the 777-acre McHugh Fire on Sunday, July 17, 2016. The McHugh Fire was the highest profile fire of the season for the Alaska Division of Forestry, causing delays on the Seward Highway and threatning more than 100 homes in sudvisions along the highway. Photo by Shiloh Powell

2016 Alaska fire season numbers well below normal

Fairbanks, AK – Sept. 30 – Despite an early start to Alaska’s 2016 wildfire season, the number of acres burned this summer ended up well below normal levels. A total of 558 wildfires burned 500,095 acres in Alaska this summer, making it the 36th largest fire season on record dating back to 1939, according to […]

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State Forestry continues battling fire along traffic-snarled Seward Highway

July 19, 7:30 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry continues to battle a wildfire burning just south of Anchorage that is visible from the Seward Highway and snarling traffic on one of Alaska’s most scenic byways. The McHugh Fire is estimated at 500-600 acres and is burning along a ridge top and in drainages […]

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State Forestry continues aerial and ground assault on McHugh Fire along Seward Highway

July 18, 4:30 p.m. – Firefighters continue to attack a wildfire burning near the Seward Highway south of Anchorage from the air and ground in an effort to keep it in check. The McHugh Fire is now estimated at 60 acres and was 2 percent contained as of Monday morning. There are approximately 80 personnel […]

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