Environment

NPS Extends Lake Clark Land Protection Plan Comments

Jul 12, 2013

The National Park Service is extending the public comment period for draft land protection plans for Lake Clark National Park as well as Gates of the Arctic National Park. The plans are now open for comments through August 12th.

Mike Mason

No fuel sheen was spotted during the latest observation flight of the sunken tender Lone Star. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

Mike Mason

Port side vents reported plugged; now divers are turning their attention to the Lonestar's starboard side, currently buried in the mud.

DNR Will Allow Limited Helo Landings in Wood Tikchik

Jul 5, 2013

Nuvista Electric and Light Cooperative is authorized to use helicopters for a total of seven days around Chikuminuk Lake this season.

Scientists Downgrade Pavlof Volcano

Jul 3, 2013

Scientists have downgraded the Pavlof Volcano after its eruption greatly declined over the past 2 days.  The Alaska Volcano Observatory says that sensors are no longer picking up seismic tremor or explosions.  Satellites have not detected on any ash or steam plumes. The aviation color code now stands at yellow with an alert level of advisory.

Pavlof’s historic eruptions include fluctuations between calm periods and explosive activity. AVO says the current pause does not necessarily mean that the eruption has ended.

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.  

Efforts to boom off the overturned fishing tender near the mouth of the Igushik River proved unsuccessful Monday night. KDLG’s Mike Mason has this update.

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A large response effort is underway to deal with a fishing tender that sank Sunday morning near the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

A large response effort is underway to deal with a fishing tender that sank Sunday morning near the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

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.

TNR Gold Corp.

A Vancouver based gold exploration company now knows how much gold might be at its Shotgun Ridge prospect located about 100 miles north of Dillingham, to the northeast of Wood Tikchick State park.  TNR Gold’s 2012 drilling program provided data that leads to an estimate of 705 thousand ounces of gold at Shotgun Ridge.  John Harrop is Vice President of Exploration for TNR Gold Corp.  He says this work builds on previous drilling and geophysical studies.

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 Volcano Observatory

Pavlof Volcano’s eruption has grounded flights into Cold Bay for the second day in a row.  Pen Air confirms that its planes did not make it into the Aleutian community as the ash cloud rose to 25 thousand feet.  The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption has declined since yesterday and now consists of intermittent seismic tremor and explosions.

No ash fall was reported today [Wednesday] in King Cove, where trace amounts of ash fell Tuesday.  King Cove is located about 30 miles southwest of the volcano. 

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