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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...
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...
Alaska wildfire managers prepare for early season

...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 soon...
Hidden Valley subdivision gains ground

...residents requesting city emergency services and utilities in the future.Kiehl said although the parcel was outside the fire service boundary, an ambulance or fire truck would still head out there in an emergency and could potentially break down on...
Tribes from around US gather to discuss legal marijuana

...consider the consequences of marijuana legalization, including whether it might jeopardize federal aid for health care, fire services or housing, said Councilman Brad Marshall.Some tribes said they would first consider regulating cannabis for medical...
Wettest summer on record in Fairbanks

...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.
Short-handed CCFR recruits volunteer firefighters

...hands-on drills and to pass a written exam administered by the Alaska Fire Standards Council to obtain a International Fire Service Congress certificate.Eight participants have graduated the CCFR Training Academy each of the past three years. This...
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 the...
The 28th Alaska Legislature in plain English

...rules that normally slow things down.HCR 32SUSPEND UNIFORM RULESFOR SB 157We're running out of time to talk about fire service areas, so we're going to ignore the rules that normally slow things down.HCR 34SUSPEND UNIFORM RULESFOR SB 99We're...
Volunteer dep't moves into new building

...Mark Beals expects to take several years to get the entire facility finished. He says that decreased revenue for the fire service area combined with tightening borough and state budgets spells delays in putting the final touches on the facility...


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