Alaska Fire Service

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

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.


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.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

A fire fighting crew that includes a group of military veterans arrived in Fairbanks Friday afternoon. BLM Alaska Fire Service spokesman Ken Frederick says the Type 2 hand crew includes veterans trained through a group called Team Rubicon.

Fairbanks, AK - The $1-trillion dollar spending plan passed by Congress last weekend and signed by President Obama this week includes money for wildfire mitigation and management and that budget is up from years prior.

The omnibus spending plan includes $1.4 billion dollars for wildfire management and mitigation.
"That's about 64 million dollars above fiscal year 2014 enacted level," said Kent Slaughter, Manager of the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service.

“So, there is definitely an increase in the amount appropriated," he said.

Emily Schwing / KUAC

Fairbanks, AK - More than 300 firefighters from across are Alaska are in California battling wildfires for at least the next two weeks.  Most of them traveled from Interior Alaska villages for the Alaska Fire Service and the Alaska Division of Forestry.  The crews came through Fairbanks before they left for the lower 48.  For some, it’s a respite from village life. For others it will be the first time they’ve left the state.

Alaska Fire Service

Fairbanks, AK - It’s been one year since the Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire was reported burning in the Yukon Training area northeast of Fairbanks.  The blaze, ignited during an army artillery training exercise, burned more than 87,000 acres.  It was one of the largest wildfires in the United States in 2013.  Later, military officials conducted multiple investigations to find out why Army leaders signed off on the use of high explosive ammunition at a time when the National Weather Service had issued Red Flag Warnings. In response, training procedures have since been rewritten.

Mangers of the 100-Mile Creek Wildfire response are bracing for high winds.  A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the 23,000 acre fire west of Delta Junction from noon to midnight, calling for south winds gusting to 35 miles per hour, and humidity in the 25 percent range. Over 500 firefighters are assigned to the blaze and Fire Information Officer Sarah Sarloos says a lot of work has been done.

A massive, wind-whipped wildfire on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is still growing. As of last night, the Funny River Fire had grown to more than 182,000 acres. Officials report difficulty accessing the blaze.

Fire managers are hoping rains forecast today and tomorrow will help crews gain a handle on the fire.

Alaska smokejumpers and a ground crew with the Alaska Division of Forestry responded to a three acre wildfire near a popular liquor store and gas station on the west side of Fairbanks Monday afternoon. It’s unclear if any structures are threatened.  Slater says the Gold Hill Fire will be monitored over the next few hours and likely overnight.