Fire

"Welcome to Akiak" sign. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)

“Welcome to Akiak” sign. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/ KYUK)

Officials are still investigating the cause of the Akiak school fire, which happened earlier this month. But in its aftermath, some things are still being worked out.

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Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

Alaska State Trooper logo. Courtesy AST.

A woman has reportedly died and two children are injured after a fire in the Southwestern Alaska village of Chevak, Thursday, October 22.
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Village of Tununak, home to about 330 residents. (Creative Commons)

Village of Tununak, home to about 330 residents. (Creative Commons)

The state medical examiner’s office has identified the remains of the three-year-old in the Tununak  fire last Friday, as Cameron Luke.

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Village of Tununak, home to about 3330 residents. (Creative Commons)

Village of Tununak, home to about 3330 residents. (Creative Commons)

Authorities have found the remains of a three-year-old child after a house fire in Tununak.
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Bethel Firefighters speak to a woman outside of the house the small fire occurred in. (Photo by Geraldine Brink/ KYUK)

Bethel Firefighters speak to a woman outside of the house the small fire occurred in. (Photo by Geraldine Brink/ KYUK)

On Wednesday afternoon, the Bethel Fire Department extinguished a house fire in City Subdivision.
Smoke was coming from the back of the house.
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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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