Tag Archives: Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Rain continues to subdue wildfires in southwest, western Alaska

All the wildfires burning in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area between McGrath and Dillingham have received varying amounts of precipitation over the past three days, moderating fire behavior and reducing the threat to villages and values at risk. Of the 124,714 acres burned in Alaska as of Sunday morning, 119,115 of those acres […]

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Change in weather should assist firefighters Southwest Alaska

Firefighters battling multiple lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska are finally getting a helping hand from Mother Nature in the form of cooler, wetter weather. Several fires have received varying amounts of precipitation and temperatures cooled considerably on Thursday night and Friday as a weather system moved in from the Bering Sea. The rain, higher relative […]

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The Allen Fire (#197) was discovered burning in a limited protection area on June 7. It is located on the northwest slope of the Andreafsky Mountains, 35 miles north of Saint Mary's. Photo courtesy Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

Fires burning in Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

Numerous fires are burning on the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge after lightning touched down in Southwest Alaska recently. At 19.5 million acres, this refuge is larger than the state of Maine. It is dominated by wetlands and tundra and falls within both Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service suppression areas. Fire […]

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Firefighters bounce from one wildfire to another in Southwest Alaska

Firefighters are leap frogging from one fire to another to protect villages, cabins and other structures in Southwest Alaska after more than a dozen new wildfires were started by lightning strikes in the past three days. The Alaska Division of Forestry reports that as of Wednesday morning there are 15 active fires burning in the […]

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Southwest Alaska fire update for July 21

There are currently 32 fires actively burning in the McGrath protection area in Southwest Alaska. Despite varied amounts of rain across the area, wildfires continue to grow. Most of these active fires are growing slowly with minimal to moderate fire behavior. Fire managers continue to prioritize the protection of cabins, remote sites and allotments. Identified […]

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Southwest wildfires increase in size due to windy conditions

July 18, 5:45 p.m. – Winds continue to increase the spread of multiple wildfires burning in Southwest Alaska despite cloud cover and cooler temperatures. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters have been deployed to protect cabins, structures and allotments that are threatened from the growing fires. The Donlin Mine is located 6 miles east of the […]

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Alaska fires have burned more than 5 million acres

The 2015 Alaska fire season reached another milestone Friday by surpassing the 5-million- mark in the number of acres burned so far this season. According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s daily situation report released on Friday, a total of 743 fires have burned 5,013,053.4 acres to date. That total ranks the 2015 fire season […]

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Wildland Fire update for Sunday, June 7

12:00 p.m. – A moderate rain, lasting for 30-45 minutes Saturday, was reported by personnel on both fires burning southwest of Aniak. Crews have turned their attention to the Bogus Creek Fire burning eight miles south of the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire that was contained Friday. Fire managers plan to take advantage of yesterday’s rain, […]

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Wildland Fire Roundup for Saturday, June 6th

12:00 p.m. – Despite scattered rain across much of the state, the fire danger in parts of the Interior and southwest Alaska remains high due to windy, drier weather and the threat of lightning. With the 15,200-acre Whitefish Lake 1 Fire about six miles south of Kalskag now 80 percent contained, firefighters in southwest Alaska […]

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Wildland Fire Roundup for Friday, June 5th

12:30 p.m. – Rain and cooler temperatures across the state continue to moderate chances for new wildland fires. Only one new fire was reported Thursday by the military. A .1-acre Machine 6 Fire on the Fort Wainwright Small Arms Range was extinguished by military personnel onsite. The fire is in monitor status. The 14,200-acre Whitefish […]

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