Tyler Thompson

The fire started Friday afternoon and was contained within one hour upon arrival. There are no injuries. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. 



John Christensen

A volunteer was sent to a hospital in Anchorage last night due to smoke inhalation. The crew was able to put out the southern and middle portions of the fire with heavy equipment. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

The Levelock Fire has spread south into the tundra. But responders are securing control lines around the village and airport. Residents should expect smoky conditions until they receive substantial rainfall.


The fire was reported Sunday night about seven miles from King Salmon. It was burning up to 25 acres with moderate activity yesterday. Because of its proximity to King Salmon and Naknek, the fire is under "full suppression" status. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Crews use point protection to defend the village and surrounding infrastructure. Tundra around Levelock will likely continue to burn until it rains. 

Courtesy of Jaclyn Christensen

An Alaska Fire Service aircraft that surveyed the fire yesterday reported low activity, with west winds at 25 - 27 miles per hour. 

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Emergency firefighters and local volunteers are still working to suppress a 5,000-acre fire near Levelock. The fire has been burning since Sunday night, and residents are finally beginning to see improvements. 

Courtesy of Janice Chukwak

As of Tuesday at noon, no structures had been lost in the fire. Its exact size is difficult to determine due to heavy smoke coverage, and residents and smokejumpers are continuing to fight the blaze. 

Avery Lill/KDLG

The aluminum and wooden building continued to smolder into the evening. It was a building that was repossessed by the city from its previous owner in 2015 and was used mainly for storage. No injuries or damage to boats have been reported.

Crowds turn out for N&N fire sale

Oct 21, 2016
Avery Lill

The N&N market drew bargain hunters today as it reopened its doors temporarily for a fire sale.

Vacant house burns down in Levelock

Jul 8, 2015
Niels Martin

An unoccupied one-bedroom bungalow caught fire just before 6 p.m. Tuesday; cause is unknown. 

A vacant one-bedroom house in Levelock burned down Tuesday night. 

Niels Martin was on the scene around 6:30 p.m.

"I had just gotten off work and I was at my house, and some people ran up and said there's a house on fire down here."

Martin said the fire truck arrived and sprayed water on the surrounding brush so the fire would not spread. Volunteers also cut down a few trees in the area.

A grass fire burned several acres and destroyed at least two structures Wednesday at mile three on Dillingham's Wood River Road.

Fire and Life Safety Office Offers Fireworks Tips

Jul 1, 2014

As Independence Day approaches, Alaska’s Fire and Life Safety Department has tips on fireworks safety.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

Spike in Smoking Fire Fatalities

Jun 3, 2014

So far eight people have died in fires throughout Alaska in 2014.  In May alone, four people died in fires caused by smoking and alcohol use. The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety issued a press release last week that urges Alaskans to be careful when drinking and smoking.

According to the United States Fire Administration, smokers are more likely to drink alcohol than non-smokers and careless smoking is the number one cause of residential fires.

One of the state’s largest fires continues to threaten the interior community of Lime Village, aproaching as close as a half mile on Thursday. The raging wildfire  jumped across established fire lines Thursday to burn 80 acres near the village. Francis Mitchell is a Public Information officer with the division of Forestry.

"A local storm came in, from the northeast with some wind and a little squall.  It caused a break near the village.  Air tanker retardant drops and smokejumpers went in late Thursday and were able to catch the break," said Mitchell.