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This picture depicts firefighters walking down the stairs from a passenger jet onto the airport tarmac.

100th crew from Lower 48 arrives in Fairbanks

As blue-shirted ranks of firefighters stepped off a chartered jet and onto the tarmac of Fort Wainwright’s Ladd Army Airfield on Saturday evening, a 2019 milestone was reached for Alaska. Arrival of the five interagency handcrews from midwestern states marked the 100th crew coming to Alaska from the Lower 48 to fight fire this year. […]

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A photo of the Hayes Creek Fire (#301) taken by smokejumpers prior to deploying on the fire approximately 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Photo by Chris Dudley/Alaska Smokejumpers

Firefighters hold fire near Chatanika River north of Fairbanks to 2 1/2 acres

Firefighters are mopping up a small wildfire approximately 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks that was reported late Thursday afternoon. The 2 ½-acre Hayes Creek Fire (#301) is located approximately 1 mile north of the Chatanika River and 9 miles east of the Elliott Highway from Olnes Pond. The fire was reported as a one-half acre […]

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Forest Service crew working on fire north of Juneau

A U.S. Forest Service crew of firefighters from Juneau are working on containing a 56-acre fire in Berner’s Bay, north of the city. The Antler Fire started on May 31 at approximately 1 p.m. and the cause is under investigation. More firefighters are being dispatched from Juneau and Hoonah to assist in containing the fire. The […]

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Use caution with fire over Memorial Day Weekend

Don’t let the slow start to Alaska’s wildland fire season fool you – it’s a matter of when, not if, we will experience wildfires. Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire managers remind Alaskans and visitors alike to exercise caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire over Memorial Day Weekend. Despite a mild start […]

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Alaska’s first wildfire of 2018 reported in Southeast Alaska

Alaska’s first wildfire of the season was reported on Sunday in Southeast Alaska and drew a response from a handful of U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The 1.1-acre Lucky Me Fire was reported Sunday afternoon on the southern end of Douglas Island near Juneau. The fire was approximately 100 feet from a residential structure in the […]

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Containment increases to 40 percent on North Robertson Fire along Alaska Highway

Cloudier, wetter weather has reduced fire behavior on a wildfire burning along the Alaska Highway near Tok, allowing firefighters to increase containment from 10 to 40 percent, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The North Robertson Fire, reported on June 1, is burning approximately 2 miles west of the highway near Milepost 1350. The […]

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Crews make good progress on North Robertson Fire; containment at 10 percent

Firefighters continue to gain ground on a wildfire burning along the Alaska Highway near Tok. As of Saturday morning, the North Robertson Fire approximately 30 miles northwest of Tok was estimated at 1,036 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. There are 204 personnel working on the fire. The fire […]

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More than 200 firefighters working to contain wildfire along Alaska Highway near Tok

More firefighters were called in Friday to help contain a wildfire burning northwest of Tok along the Alaska Highway. There are now more than 200 firefighters working on the North Robertson Fire, which was reported as a small blaze late Thursday morning but had grown to approximately 1,000 acres as of Friday afternoon, according to […]

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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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