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The state Division of Forestry is awarding nearly $160,000 in grants to 34 fire departments around Alaska to help them buy equipment that’ll improve their ability to protect their communities.

Debra Lynne / Tanana Chiefs Conference

Research conducted by the Tanana Chiefs Conference and the University of Alaska Fairbanks demonstrates the value of small, unmanned aircraft to monitor wildfire impacts and other environmental change in rural Alaska. KUAC’s Mary Auld reports.

Tanana Chiefs Crew

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about the divergent 2020 wildfire season across the far north.  


U.S. Forest Service

A heavy-lift helicopter moved a badly damaged firefighting airplane over the weekend from a remote site near Circle to an airstrip in Central. From there, the airframe and engine will be taken to the Lower 48, where federal investigators will study them to determine what caused the water-scooping aircraft to go down on July 14th.


National Transportation Safety Board investigators are looking into the cause of an incident that caused heavy damage Tuesday to an air tanker working on a wildfire near Circle. NTSB Alaska Region Chief Clint Johnson provided more details of the incident Thursday.

U.S. Forest Service

The pilot flying a small water-scooping air tanker fighting a fire near Circle escaped injury Tuesday after he ran into a problem that damaged the aircraft.


Sandia National Laboratories

Cool, rainy weather has kept this year’s fire season fairly quiet. And as the midpoint of this year’s fire season approaches, state and federal firefighting officials anticipate that weather pattern is likely to continue. Which means they’ll probably soon be sending back firefighters and equipment that’ve been on loan from agencies in the Lower 48.


Isaac Solomon/Alaska Division of Forestry

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution Thursday that established a task force that will put together a plan to deal with the impacts of climate change on the borough.


Dan Bross / KUAC

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about the conditions which have lead to an extended wildfire season. 

Dan Bross / KUAC

KUAC's Dan Bross talks with Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy climate specialist Rick Thoman about wildfire smoke in the atmosphere.

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