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Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for July 6, 2015

...down to more smoke. Alaska's wildfire season passed an auspicious mark on Sunday. According to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center's daily report, more than 2.5 million acres have now been burned by wildfires. That's more than...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-07-06/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-j
Opinion
Smoke on the water

...overhead, Juneau and Southeast aren't commonly affected by wildfires. A list compiled Monday by the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center had only two: One north of Juneau and caused by an unattended campfire and the other just north of Ketchikan...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-06-22/smoke-water
Local
Alaska gets help from Lower 48 states in fighting wildfires

...don't get big and expensive," Pete Buist, a state Division of Forestry spokesman, said from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks.Fifty-three fires were burning, Buist said, "which in Alaska terms is the not the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-19/alaska-gets-help-lower-48-states-fighti
State
Lightning sparks new wildfires in Southcentral

...don't get big and expensive," said Pete Buist, a state Division of Forestry spokesman, from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks.Fifty-three fires are now burning, Buist said, "which in Alaska terms is the not the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-18/lightning-sparks-new-wildfires-southcen
State
Reinforcements scheduled for Alaska wildfires

...getting anywhere near those communities," Tim Mowry, a spokesman for the Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, said.The fire on the Kenai Peninsula near Sterling was reported Monday as a 1-acre grass fire off...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-17/forecast-has-crews-battling-willow-fire
State
Willow fire prompts evacuation of homes

...The fire was called in at 1:15 p.m. and reported at two acres, said Tim Mowry, spokesman for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, by phone from Fairbanks. By 3 p.m. the fire covered 80 acres, and an hour later was burning 200...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-15/willow-fire-prompts-evacuation-homes
State
UPDATED: Wildfire near Willow quickly grows, forces homes to evacuate

...got a little wind behind, it has a lot of fuel and it's grown," said Tim Mowry, spokesman for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.Evacuations grew along with the blaze: Officials first reported residents of 10 homes fleeing, then...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-15/updated-wildfire-near-willow-quickly-gr
State
Enough firefighters, say Forestry managers

...gov/wildland.htm. Owners will be contacted if the equipment is needed.As of Sunday morning, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center - a joint effort of the state and federal governments - reported that firefighters were working on 38...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-29/enough-firefighters-say-forestry-manage
State
Officials: Be fire safe this Memorial Day weekend

...DOF website at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. For statewide fire information, visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov and http://akfireinfo.com.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-05-22/officials-be-fire-safe-memorial-day-
Outdoors
State wildfire responders keep eye on dry conditions

...We still have a lot of dead, dry grass that could burn," said Tim Mowry, information officer at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks. A meteorologist described the conditions as "an insanely dry air mass sitting on top of...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-05-22/state-wildfire-responders-keep-eye-dry-
State

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