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National Weather Service

While fire remains a concern for the Fairbanks area, many areas to the east are under a flood watch issued today by the National Weather Service.


Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins says even though state officials on Tuesday lifted a ban on the sale of fireworks in much of Alaska, they won’t be sold here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and their use remains illegal.


State officials lifted bans today on open burning and use of fireworks for most of Alaska. They cited a decrease in fire danger due to recent cool and rainy weather and requests by members of the public to allow cookouts, campfires and pyrotechnics for this weekend’s July 4th celebrations.

Brent Sass / Wild and Free Mushing

The Sockeye Fire caused evacuation of hundreds of sled dogs from Willow area kennels earlier this month, and now new fires have forced movement of huskies from a remote kennel north of Fairbanks. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

The increasing number and size of wildfires around interior Alaska are forcing residents from homes and stretching firefighting resources.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Alaska Divison of Forestry

Smoke is spreading over a large area of the state, as wildfire activity grows. There were 56 new wildfires Monday statewide, and 238 active, mostly in interior and southwest Alaska.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

Dan Bross / KUAC

One of four Fairbanks men fighting for exoneration from murder convictions was paroled last week. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the Alaska Native community gathered in Fairbanks over the weekend to welcome home Marvin Roberts.

Alaska Divsion of Forestry

Several wildfires are burning in the interior, including a growing blaze east of Delta Junction. KUAC's Dan Bross reports.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

An Herbicide is proposed to eradicate an invasive weed that’s infested some Fairbanks area waters. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the chemical application would target Elodea (ell-O-dee-a), a prolific aquatic weed known to choke out native plants and fish, and inhibit navigation.

New Fires Near Healy Lake

Jun 17, 2015
Alaska Division of Forestry

(Fairbanks, AK.) Lightning ignited 2 new wildfires east of Delta Junction last (Weds) night. Fairbanks-Delta area state fire management officer Ed Sanford says the blazes near the small community of Healy Lake resulted from numerous lightning strikes that hit a swath of Alaska. He says air tankers were deployed on the fires, but they were growing too aggressively to knock down.

“We could not catch it, so we went into what we call point protection, so we have 16 smoke jumpers out there with some boats, setting up sprinkler systems and protecting the cabins out there.”