Alaska Division of Forestry

Poor Road Conditions Hamper Fire Response

May 25, 2021
Alaska Div. Forestry

A fire that broke out on Kostino Road in the vicinity of Nikolaevsk Monday morning drew a response from the State Division of Forestry, and fire departments from Anchor Point and as far away as Ninilchik and Homer.
    According to the Alaska Wildland Fire Information site, the half-acre fire was reported to Alaska State Troopers around 11 a.m.
    Though classified as a grass fire, upon arriving on-scene, firefighters found one out-building had already been destroyed, and three motor vehicles were on fire.

Wildfire Season Underway

Apr 29, 2021
Division of Forestry

Wildland fire season has arrived in Southcentral Alaska. An escaped lawn fire destroyed a storage shed on East End Road over the weekend.

AK Division of Forestry

Snow may still be covering the ground at your home but the official start of fire season in Alaska is April 1st. That means burn permits are now required on all state, municipal and private land.

Howie Kent, Fire Management Officer from the Alaska Division of Forestry says don’t wait for next month if you’re planning on burning. Now is the time to clear your brush and slash. 

Alaska Div. Forestry

Firefighters from the Kenai/Kodiak Area Division of Forestry station are mopping up a small wildfire that was reported Tuesday afternoon near Tustumena Lake. 

The Border Lake Fire, the 348th wildfire in Alaska this season, is estimated at one-half acre and is located about three-and-a-half miles southwest of Tustumena Lake, just south of Crooked Creek, approximately six miles east of Clam Gulch and the Sterling Highway, according to a Division annoucment. 

Slash and barrel fires allowed again by permit

Jul 9, 2020
Courtesy of the Alaska Division of Forestry

    Cooler, damper weather on the Kenai Peninsula has prompted the Alaska Division of Forestry to lift the two-month long burn permit suspension. In a release, the Division said it “opens the way for cautious, permitted burning.” The suspension was lifted effective yesterday (Wed.) at 8 a.m.

Long, warm holiday weekend poses wildfire risk

Jul 2, 2020
AK Div. Forestry

     With the weather for the holiday weekend looking like the warmest of the summer, the Division of Forestry is putting out a reminder about the heightened wildfire danger it poses. KBBI’s Jay Barrett spoke with Tim Mowry, the public information officer for the Division’s Wildfire Program about the current wildfire situation.

AK Division of Forestry

Wildfire season is underway, and on this edition of the Coffee Table you'll hear tips and strategies for prevention and preparedness from from Howard Kent from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources,  Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Fire and EMS
Chief Jon Marsh from  Anchor Point VFD and
Chief Bob Cicciarella of Kachemak Emergency Service Area.

 

Alaska Division of Forestry

The Alaska Division of Forestry will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30.
    The use of burn barrels, the burning of debris piles, and any other outdoor burning activity authorized under previously issued permits will be prohibited on all state, private and municipal lands throughout Alaska as of May 1, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer.

Spruce bark beetle help available

Mar 24, 2020
US Forest Service

    Even though we're all in the midst of worrying about Covid-19, landowners will soon have to start dealing with this season’s upcoming spruce bark beetle outbreaks. 

In an effort to share the burden, the state’s Division of Forestry has a cost-sharing program through the Western Bark Beetle Initiative with funding from the U.S. Forest Service.

The funding can be used for bark beetle prevention, suppression or restoration projects statewide.

Alaska Division of Forestry

The  burn closure for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs ends as of at 8 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 4.

No burn permits are currently being issued. Open burning and burn barrels still require a burn permit under an emergency order extending Alaska’s wildfire season through Sept. 30.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is estimated to be 85% contained. The footprint of the fire remains at 904 acres. Forestry expects the fire to be 100% contained by September 4. 73 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.
The Alaska Division of Forestry asks hunters in Caribou Lake to please stay away from the fire area. And to be advised that Forestry is using the gravel lot on Basargin Road as a staging area.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect for the Caribou Lake area. The TFR does include a restriction on drones.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is now estimated to be 85% contained. The footprint of the fire remains at 904 acres. Alaska Division of Forestry projects that the fire will be 100% contained by September 4. 73 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.

The Forestry is asking hunters in Caribou Lake to please stay away from the fire area. And to be advised that they are using the gravel lot on Basargin Road as a staging area.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire is still 57% contained. The footprint of the fire is estimated at 904 acres. Forestry officials project that the fire will be 100% contained by the end of next week. Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved two emergency measures in a  special meeting Thursday afternoon in response to the ongoing fires across the peninsula. A resolution declaring a local disaster and an ordinance appropriating $200,000 toward response efforts. Both passed unanimously.

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is now 57 percent contained. The footprint of the fire is estimated at 904 acres. Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days as the predicted cloud cover will help to moderate fire activity. Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.

AK Division of Forestry

The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is still 20 percent contained. Today, Forestry officials announced a 4 acre increase in the size of the fire from 900 to 904 acres. Minimal fire growth is expected over the next several days as the predicted cloud cover will help to moderate fire activity. Around 80 people are fighting the fire on the ground and in the air.

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