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Friday, July 12, 2024

Gannet Glacier Fire Crew continues securing the Montana Creek Fire, while southern Alaska fire activity remains low


Southern Alaska begins to see slightly warmer weather with partly cloudy skies as temperatures gradually rise. Fire activity remains low, with only one new fire reported. As fire danger continues to moderate, burn permit suspensions have been lifted statewide. This allows residents to conduct small debris burns, utilize burn barrels, and complete small lawn burns with a valid permit. This report covers fires occurring in the Division of Alaska Forestry & Fire Protection’s coastal protection area, generally south of the Alaska Range. This includes the DOF protection areas of Southwest, Anchorage Mat-Su, Kenai-Kodiak, and Copper River. The East Marydale Fire (#361) is ½ mile north of Soldonta. Local Forestry and Central Emergency Services from Kenai Peninsula Borough responded to a report of a smoke smell near a local business.
Alaska Wildland Fire Information

White Mountains National Recreation Area reopens due to reduced wildfire activity from the Globe Fire


Due to reduced wildland fire activity associated with the Globe Fire (#253), the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Eastern Interior Field Office rescinded the fire closure for the western portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area near the Wickersham Dome Trailhead at mile 28 of the Elliott Highway. The area will reopen at 12:00 p.m. today. There are no remaining public access closures for the White Mountains. Cooler, wet weather helped control fire activity, but visitors should remain alert for changes.
Alaska Native News


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Downsizing begins on McDonald Fire as mop up continues


PHOTO: Fire managers conducted an aerial survey of the fire and mop-up operations in the 5 Mile Creek area on Tuesday. The diligent efforts of firefighters to protect valuable areas from the fire are evident. The only visible smoke near these areas comes from fire crews burning piles to further secure the line. Helicopters with sling loads and local boats have been essential in transporting crews and supplies to and from the fireline. The logistics team began demobilizing excess supplies and assessing the backhaul for transport back to the fire cache in Fairbanks. Crews will remain on the fire mopping up in the 5 Mile Creek area until pre-identified standards are met.
Alaska Wildland Fire Information

Denali National Park officially reopens after Riley Fire, some areas still closed


Denali National Park has officially reopened to visitors. The park was closed over a week ago due to the Riley Fire, which ignited near the entrance. Officials report that the wildfire is now 96% contained, allowing for the majority of the park to be safely reopened. However, the Riley Creek Campground and some nearby trails will remain closed as firefighting efforts continue.
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