Slightly Sunnier Skies, Low Fire Activity, and Helicopters on Standby in Southern Alaska – Alaska Wildland Fire Update
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Slightly Sunnier Skies, Low Fire Activity, and Helicopters on Standby in Southern Alaska – Alaska Wildland Fire Update

Slightly Sunnier Skies, Low Fire Activity, and Helicopters on Standby in Southern Alaska – Alaska Wildland Fire Update
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Southern Alaska experienced slightly sunnier weather Monday, but fire activity remains low, with no new fires reported in southern Alaska. As fire danger continues to decrease, all burn permit suspensions have been lifted statewide. This allows residents to conduct small debris burns, use burn barrels, and complete small lawn burns with a valid burn permit. More information about the DOF Burn Permit Program and current suspensions can be found at DOF Burn Permit Program.

This report covers fires occurring within the Division of Alaska Forestry & Fire Protection coastal protection area, generally south of the Alaska Range. This includes the DOF Southwest, Anchorage Mat-Su, Kenai-Kodiak, and Copper River protection areas.

The photo below shows the initial attack helicopter for coastal forestry

Photo by David Kley/DOF

In the Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection, firefighters are prepared to respond quickly to any fire, wherever they are. Our local Mat-Su Area helicopter, a Type 3 BK117, is a key part of the fire operations and logistics team. The helicopter supports firefighting efforts by dropping water on the edge of the fire to cool it enough for firefighters to build a fireline, mobilizes firefighters to hard-to-reach areas, and transports equipment or supplies to where they are needed to help fight the fire.

‹ New fire reported along Alaska Highway in DOF Northern Region

Categories: Alaska DNR – Division of Forestry (DOF)

Tags: 2024 Alaska Fire Season, AKDOF, Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection, DOF Coastal Region, Kenai-Kodiak Area Forestry, Mat-Su Area Forestry