Governor Walker signed a bill in Fairbanks Friday that changes the way penalties for causing wildfires can be imposed. As KUAC’s Robyne reports, House Bill 355 gives Forestry officials the power to impose simple fines and bail on people who start fires, instead of an expensive and lengthy criminal court process.


Smokejumpers have fought a 25-acre wildfire near the Alaska-Canada border to a standstill after being called in Thursday because it appeared to be headed straight toward a remote border-crossing station.

Alaska Division of Forestry

State Forestry firefighters are working to contain a fast-growing wildfire near Healy that was ignited by two smoldering fires burning in coal deposits at the surface that merged together.

Alaska Division of Forestry

A shift in winds has moved the wildfire smoke that blanketed Fairbanks Thursday, but National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg says it may yet drift back into town over the weekend.

Alaska Division of Forestry

Firefighters mopped up the remains of a 250-acre wildfire Sunday that busted out two days earlier in a largely residential area near Delta Junction.

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National Weather Service

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman says last month was the warmest and driest October on record for Alaska. And he says it’s a continuation of a trend that’s about to make 2016 Alaska’s warmest year on record, surpassing the previous two warmest years: 2014 and 2015.