Lightning fire starts in Tanana

June 9, 2014 11:40 p.m.

Three fire starts occurred in the BLM Alaska Fire Service Tanana Zone on June 8 as a result of over 3500 lightning strikes across the Interior. The largest fire, Oldman Landing, was reported at 80 acres on the north side of the Kanuti River and burning in grass and tundra. The fire has received a significant amount of rain and was placed in monitor status.

The South Fork Bonanza Fire, 5 acres, is located near Fish Creek. The fire was 25 percent active and burning in grass and tundra with a few smokes on the perimeter. There were values at risk and the fire was placed in monitor status. Oldman Landing and South Fork Bonanza are approximately 41 miles southeast of Bettles.

The third fire is the Kindanina Lake Fire located about 19 miles south of Manley Hot Springs. Zone aerial detection reported this fire as 1 acre burning in tundra and a mix of spruce and hardwoods. The fire was creeping and backing with isolated torching, the perimeter that was 100 percent active. There was little to no precipitation in the vicinity of the fire and there were structures located several miles to the north of the fire. A load of smokejumpers responded, along with air support. The scoopers made good progress and the smokejumpers will work to secure the edge of the fire.

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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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