The “Zombie” Fires of 1942
Document Type: Fact Sheet / Brief / Bulletin
Author(s): Randi R. Jandt; Richard L. Thoman Jr.
Editor(s): Zav Grabinski
Publication Year: 2020

Cataloging Information

  • accidental ignitions
  • holdover fire
  • overwintering fire
  • railroad fire
  • wildfire history
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Record Last Modified: January 25, 2024
FRAMES Record Number: 61644


This AFSC research brief takes a look at early Alaska fire history from the 1940s. The "Zombie" Fires of 1942 is a historical narrative of an exceptional fire event related to the Alaska Railroad, including an early description of a holdover fire burning over winter. 

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Link to this document (1.7 MB; pdf)
Jandt, Randi; Thoman, Richard. 2020. The "Zombie" Fires of 1942. Fairbanks, AK: Alaska Fire Science Consortium. 2p.