Bureau of Land Management

The state Division of Forestry office in Fairbanks plans to add a third timber sale to this year’s schedule, due to strong demand for firewood and other locally harvested wood products. But Forestry won’t be able to offer many more timber sales for areas that’ve been burned-over by wildfire, because not much acreage has burned in the Interior over the past three fire seasons.


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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