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Smoke on the water

...Fire managers in the state are bringing in resources from the Lower 48 and Canada to assist.According to the Alaska Fire Service, firefighters have come from as far away as Georgia to assist in the suppression and monitoring of nearly 150 wildfires...
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...
Enough firefighters, say Forestry managers

...have been stretched thin this summer, but the Alaska Division of Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management's Alaska Fire Service each say they're not accepting any more applications for new hires.On Friday, they issued a joint statement...
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...
Forest fire season off to slow start in the Interior

...acreage is less that average. "We're well below normal as far as fire activity goes," said Maggie Rogers of the Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks. Through Friday, 135 fires had been reported in the state, and only 32 of those were in the Fairbanks...
Weakening winds give fire crews a break

...Thursday morning, the blaze was 75 percent contained, with full containment expected by 6 p.m. today, said Alaska Fire Service spokesman Andy Williams. Altogether, 144 people were assigned to the fire. The fire was sparked by lightning...


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