Alaska News

Monday, July 22, 2024

Firefighters, aircraft work on new T’eedriinjik Fire fire northwest of Venetie

Firefighters and aircraft battle a new wildfire about 3 miles northwest of Venetie in northeastern Alaska. The T’eedriinjik Fire (#380), estimated at 40 acres, involves 12 smokejumpers, two Fire Boss airplanes, four BLM Alaska Fire Service specialists, a helicopter, and a firefighter coordinating efforts from an airplane Sunday afternoon. While the fire is not currently threatening any structures, numerous Native allotments are nearby. Reported around 3:15 p.m. by Venetie residents, the fire is burning through tundra with some isolated torching and spotting a short distance ahead of the main fire. It is located on Indigenous lands just north of the Teedrinjik River (formerly Chandalar River).
Alaska Wildland Fire Information

A Yakutat-bound charter flight is missing after leaving Juneau on Saturday

Coast Guard staff are searching for a missing charter flight that left Juneau on Saturday bound for Yakutat but never reached its destination. There were three people on board, but Coast Guard public affairs officer Mike Salerno said they do not know anything more about them. The missing plane is a Beechcraft Bonanza, according to a Coast Guard social media post. Coast Guard spokesperson Shannon Kearney said the initial call about an overdue plane came in at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday. The agency issued a marine broadcast just after 6 p.m. and sent out the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Reef Shark about half an hour later. Later, they launched a MH-60T helicopter from Sitka and a C130 from Kodiak and have partnered with Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to search for the plane.
KTOO-FM 104.3 Juneau

Friday, July 19, 2024

Wildfire Walk in Fairbanks opens to the public

VIDEO: A recently burned forest, once the site of a threatening fire, has been given a new purpose; serving as an educational tool, known as the Wildfire Walk. In 2021, homes near Yankovich Road were faced with the threat of flames as a fire sparked hundreds of yards away, on University property. Years later, the reminder of what could have been holds more than memories as a new tool to inform the public about wildfires and the risk they pose to property. Allison York, the coordinator for the Alaska Fire Consortium at UA, also said that it’s important for folks to come out and learn for their own safety. “Most Alaskans probably live in a forest that burns and may not even realize it,” Miller explained. “Right around Fairbanks and what we call the wildland-urban interface, it’s all a critical fire management option, so if there’s an ignition in neighborhoods, it gets all the resources right away.”
KTVF-TV NBC 11 Fairbanks

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