You have permission to edit this article.
Letter to the Editor

Thank you, firefighters

  • Comments

To the editor: Over the past few years it seems we’ve been inundated with newspaper photos of charred communities in California, heard of former Fairbanks residents losing their homes to wildfires in Oregon, and seen major electrical utilities down south go bankrupt over the incredible cost of wildfire damage where their equipment was blamed for starting the fire.

With all of this information floating around in the mind, it was alarming to hear about the five-acre Yankovitch Road fire burning in black spruce behind UAF in 80 degree weather last Friday. On behalf of myself and probably everyone else living nearby that fire, a big thank you to everyone at the Alaska Fire Service, BLM, the local fire departments, smoke jumpers, pilots, mop up crews and everyone who responded so quickly to extinguish that fire which could have gotten out of hand very quickly.

When things are running smoothly, it’s easy to take them for granted but from my perspective the only reason Fairbanks dodged a major bullet last week is because of the diligence and hard work of the fire service and all those who responded to put out that blaze. A big thank you to all those involved with Alaska’s fire response who protect our properties, livelihoods and loved ones — your work certainly does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.


The Daily News-Miner encourages residents to make themselves heard through the Opinion pages. Readers' letters and columns also appear online at Contact the editor with questions at or call 459-7574.

Community Perspective

Send Community Perspective submissions by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707) or via email ( Submissions must be 500 to 750 words. Columns are welcome on a wide range of issues and should be well-written and well-researched with attribution of sources. Include a full name, email address, daytime telephone number and headshot photograph suitable for publication (email jpg or tiff files at 150 dpi.) You may also schedule a photo to be taken at the News-Miner office. The News-Miner reserves the right to edit submissions or to reject those of poor quality or taste without consulting the writer.

Letters to the editor

Send letters to the editor by mail (P.O. Box 70710, Fairbanks AK 99707), by fax (907-452-7917) or via email ( Writers are limited to one letter every two weeks (14 days.) All letters must contain no more than 350 words and include a full name (no abbreviation), daytime and evening phone numbers and physical address. (If no phone, then provide a mailing address or email address.) The Daily News-Miner reserves the right to edit or reject letters without consulting the writer.

Submit your news & photos

Let us know what you're seeing and hearing around the community.