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Alaska wildfire managers prepare for early season

...and low-snow winter and a busy fire season, according to federal fire weather forecaster Sharon Alden with the Alaska Fire Service."However, there is a correlation between snowpack and the early fire season - how fast things melt out, how...
As rain soaks Alaska, state's wildland firefighters head south

...still on assignment in the Northwest Territories and is expected to return to Alaska the middle of next week.The Alaska Fire Service has also let resources head south in response to increased fire activity in the Lower 48. The Midnight Sun and...
100 Alaska firefighters to help in California

...Lower 48 to battle wildfires.Five crews will depart Tuesday morning for California, KTVA reported. These include Alaska Fire Service crews from St. Michael, Mountain Village, Selawik and Pilot Station. An Alaska Division of Forestry crew from...
Wettest summer on record in Fairbanks

...summer. Though much has been made of this year's El Nino, a cycle of warm ocean currents in the south Pacific, Alaska Fire Service meteorologist Sharon Alden said its effect on Alaska is relatively small, especially in summer months.
More than a million acres burn for first time since 2010 went forward with live-fire exercises that are believed to have started the fire despite warnings from the Alaska Fire Service that the drills should have been postponed due to high fire danger conditions.Through Aug. 30, Fairbanks - in...
Hot and very dry weather spreads interior Alaska fires

...FAIRBANKS - Mother Nature is not being kind to firefighters trying to control wildfires in interior Alaska.The Alaska Fire Service says hot and dry conditions continue to elevate the fire danger in the central and eastern Interior with "record-setting...
Fire threatens to cross river east of Fairbanks

...we've got," Johnson said.Kent Slaughter, the Alaska Fire Service manager for the Bureau of Land Management, members directly threatened by the fire."Alaska Fire Service information officer Michelle Weston said 684 people...
Army ignored fire risk before training

...cabins and two outbuildings to the south of the Chena River and also burned power lines and fiber-optic cables used to service the military training area.Fire suppression has cost $19.8 million, according to the Alaska Fire Service.
Interior fire season lingers amid lack of rain strength later in the year than normal, said Alaska Fire Service spokesman Terry Anderson.The Mississippi Fire late May on military training grounds, and the Alaska Fire Service lists it as human caused. The fire had been in monitor...
Despite heat, Alaska wildfires have been limited

...said Heidi Strader, a meteorologist for the Alaska Fire Service. "As dry as the fuels are this year, we're lucky...crews are better prepared and more established."Alaska Fire Service meteorologist Sharon Alden said there have been a...


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