Fire

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Investigators interviewing children at the scene of the fire Sunday evening. Photo by Ben Matheson.

Sunday evening around 8:20, Bethel fire fighters put out to a blaze at the old senior center in the Housing neighborhood. Bethel Fire Chief Bill Howell said the fire appeared to have started in an old appliance outside the building.
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New PATC Rises Again

by Ben Matheson on July 22, 2015

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Kris Manke walks through the new PATC. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

The skeleton of the new Phillips Ayagnirvik Treatment Center, PATC, is coming up quickly and aims to be closed in for a winter of work. Kris Manke is Director of Construction for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation, which is leading up the project. He says about 15 crew members are working now, including close to 70 percent local Alaska Native hires.

“We do all of our own electrical, mechanical, framing, siding, we self perform all of that,” said Manke. Read more →

Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Incident Commander Keith Dunn oversees several middle Kuskokwim fires. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Nearly a million acres have burned in southwest Alaska this year. 85 fires are still ablaze in the region. The middle Kuskokwim base of Aniak is the nerve center for a fleet of helicopters and other aircrafts, shuttling supplies and crews working to stop fires before they reach communities and cabins. As the season progresses, teams are settling into Aniak for the summer.

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A fire damaged the 123 Barbecue Express restaurant  on Monday, July 13th. Photo by Daysha Eaton

A fire damaged 1-2-3 Barbecue Express restaurant Monday. Photo by Daysha Eaton / KYUK

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 15th 10:23 a.m.: Bethel police say a man is in jail on charges of arson related to a fire at a Bethel restaurant on Monday night. 58-year-old Larson Edwards, of Mekoryuk, was arrested in connection with a fire at the 1-2-3 Barbecue Express restaurant late Monday.
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Courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry.

Courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry.

State fire officials have lifted the burn ban for southwest Alaska. They say cooler weather and recent rains have helped reduce the fire danger. Hot, dry weather from a high pressure system in June set the stage for an historic fire season.
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Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Ben K. Adams

Photo Courtesy of Flickr user Ben K. Adams

A burn ban that has been lifted for most of the state remains in affect for the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta region.

Fire officials say drought conditions have fire danger at high levels throughout the region and no burning or setting off fireworks will be allowed.
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Fire crews battled a blaze in the Haroldson Subdivision area. Image via google maps.

Fire crews battled a blaze in the Haroldson Subdivision area. Image via google maps.

The Bethel Fire Department reports they’re fighting a stubborn fire in Haroldson Subdivision near the dump.

Officials say the fire started early Tuesday morning, around 2:30 a.m., but the road was impassable due to muddy conditions and crews couldn’t get an engine to the site.
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Fire Destroys Home in Akiak

by Ben Matheson on February 10, 2015

A fire destroyed a home in Akiak. Photo by Sammy Jackson II.

A fire destroyed a home in Akiak. Photo by Sammy Jackson II.

State troopers say a fire that destroyed a house Monday in Akiak likely started in the chimney. Troopers responded Monday after the fire completely destroyed the home. Both people inside the house escaped without harm. The trooper’s investigation found the fire was not intentionally set.

The aftermath of the fire. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The aftermath of the fire. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Two investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s office completed their work at the site of the fire that destroyed the new Bethel alcohol treatment center. Lloyd Nakano is an assistant state fire marshall.

“The on scene has been completed, however, more followups with interviews may be possible,” said Nakano.
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A fire burned an alcohol treatment facility in Bethel Monday night. Photo by Dean Swope

A fire burned an alcohol treatment facility under construction in Bethel Monday night. Photo by Dean Swope

Officials are investigating a large fire in Bethel that started just after 8 o’clock Monday night, behind the Bethel post office. The Fire destroyed an alcohol treatment center under construction by the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.

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