Alaska Fire Service fire activity update

Most of the fire activity in Alaska is in State Division of Forestry protection areas. In Alaska Fire Service protection areas fire activity is relatively low. There have been 10 fires to date and four of those fires are active: Dalton River Crossing, Tunuuk Creek, 100 Mile Creek and Windfall Mountain. Only the Dalton River Crossing Fire is staffed. There are 63 personnel on the 500 acre fire north of the Yukon River and east of the Dalton Highway. The fire is 70 percent contained and demobilization of resources is expected to begin May 28. The other fires show little activity and are in monitor status.

Wildland firefighting in Alaska is an interagency effort. The Alaska Fire Service is now providing support to the Funny River and Tyonek Fires with smokejumpers, overhead personnel, Chena and Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot crews and Emergency Firefighter (EFF) Type 2 Crews from  Hughes, Huslia #1 Kaltag, Marshall, St Mary’s, Stebbins,  Holy Cross, Nulato #1, Selawik #1 and Upper Tanana #2. Allakaket #1 and Minto #1 crews are on the Dalton River Crossing Fire.

While fire activity in the AFS areas is less active, this is not a time to be complacent. Human activity in those areas has the potential to cause fires. Lightning season is fast approaching and fire activity is very likely to rise. A community that has adapted to wildfire is a better-protected community. Remember: be safe  with fire.

About afsakfireinfo

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 240 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with over $15 million in inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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