Courtesy of Janice Chukwak

As of this morning, the fire was about half a mile from the village – 500 yards from the airport and 300 yards from the community dump. SAVEC in King Salmon is the central point for those evacuating from Levelock. 

Southwest Fire Station in McGrath to Lose 16 Positions

Jun 11, 2015
DNR, Division of Forestry

DNR says cutting positions will save money; McGrath residents worry for the town and Southwest Alaska's firefighting capacity


A newly released report says that increasing portions of the National Forest Service’s budget are dedicated to fighting wildfires.  It also suggests that may have a detrimental impact on the rest of its work.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

Tundra and Forest Ecosystems Revived by Wildfires

Aug 12, 2013
Fire Management - National Park Service

There are still 80 fires burning in Alaska, but the wildfire season is beginning to wind down in many areas.  With relatively long days and lingering summer warmth, plants and animals are quickly taking hold in burnt areas.  It will be 60 years before spruce forests have fully returned, but as KDLG’s Ben Matheson reports, plants and animals are quickly taking hold.

A fire in Lake Clark National park that had been quiet sparked up over the weekend.  8 smoke jumpers dropped in to monitor the Currant Creek fire before it approaches any nearby Native Allotments.  KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story.

Fire Danger Low in Lake Clark National Park

Jul 3, 2013

Thanks to a few days of rain, fire officials say the fire danger in Lake Clark National Park is low.  The Currant Creek Fire 15 miles northeast of Port Alsworth continues to burn towards the east.  It stood at 1200 acres and is not expected to jump the Currant creek or present any danger to human life or structures.  

Rain Slows Wildfires in Southwest Alaska

Jul 1, 2013
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

The Lime Hills Fire, the largest in the state, is no longer directly threatening Lime Village.  The state forestry division says the northern firebreak, control over the slopover fire, and good rainfall has secured the community enough that firefighters will leave the immediate area.  Structure protections will remain in place upriver of the community, while hotshot crews will be dispatched to Fairbanks area fires.  Pockets of the 200 thousand acre fire could survive the rains and spread as the summer goes on.  The fire has been burning since May 31st.

Fire Crews Fight Wildfire South of Sleetmute

Jul 1, 2013
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

Fire crews focused this weekend on a blaze 19 miles south of Sleetmute.  29 crewmembers are building a firebreak on the northwest side in case the fire moves towards the village. They are hoping to starve the wildfire of fuel before it reaches any structures. The fire spread over 3 thousand acres in two days. It received limited rain this weekend.

Wildfires Continue In Southwest Alaska

Jun 28, 2013

The Lime Hills Fire received much some needed rain over the past couple days, up to 6 tenths of an inch.  The fire shrank 46 thousand acres over 24 hours, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.  It now stands at about 220 thousand acres, still by far the largest in the state.

The 6 acre fire that crossed the Stony River east of Lime Village has been caught.  A crew will continue to secure the slopover Friday. The Palmer based Midnight suns crew will depart for another fire.

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

The massive Lime Hills fire has crossed the Stony River, which had been protecting Lime Village from the state’s largest wildfire.  It crossed about 6 miles east of the village due to a wind shift from a small localized storm.  A crew supported by 2 helicopters with buckets was unable to catch the new fire. Air tankers were initially ordered and then canceled.  Crews are now protecting the village from the east side.  Francis Mitchell is with the state Division of Forestry.

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

A new wildfire from this weekend is burning in the Kilbuck Mountains, 20 miles northwest of Wood Tikchik State Park.  The fire is 637 acres of burning tundra.  The fire will not be fought unless it threatens any structures or people.

3 fires in Southwest Alaska are threatening the communities of Crooked Creek, Lime Village, and Stony River. Lime Hills, the largest fire in the state at 170 thousand acres,  has 2 crews, about 80 people working the fire. 8 new smokejumpers dropped yesterday east of the community. Francis Mitchell is with the state division of forestry.

3 New Wildfires Burn Near Crooked Creek

Jun 21, 2013

Near the Kuskokwim River, fire crews are working on 3 new lightning caused fires southwest of Crooked Creek, all within 2 miles of each other.  

An 80 acre fire burns at Village Creek along with a 40 acre fire at Qguahaydok  in tundra and black spruce.  Near the 8 acre Jung Juk  Creek fire, 4 initial attack squad crewmembers are laying hose and sprinklers for structure protection.

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.

Wildfire Burning in Lake Clark National Park

Jun 20, 2013
Photos by Arno Krumm

A wildfire is burning in the northwest corner of Lake Clark National Park.  The Kristin Creek fire has burnt about 30 acres, after a lighting strike ignited the tundra and black spruce Tuesday.

There’s a small airstrip, private mining camp, and cabins under the watch of 8 smokejumpers. Megan Richotte is the Chief of Interpretation for Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. 

National Weather Service Anchorage Forecast Office

A red flag warning is in effect for critical fire weather conditions north of Iliamna today. Unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions have primed southwest Alaska for potential wildfires. The warning extends north from Iliamna to the Lower Kuskokwim valley. Meteorologist Michael Lawson says the dry air is a central factor, as relative humidity levels drop as low as 12 to 15 percent.