Pioneer Peak Hotshots lending a hand to Canadian neighbors

July 7, 2014, 3p.m.

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, an Alaska Division of Forestry crew based in Palmer, has mobilized to the Northwest Territories of Canada. The crew left last Friday and reported to Kakisa, Northwest Territories, where they mopped up and reinforced lines around the village that had been evacuated as the 50,000 hectares (1223,552 acres) wildland fire threatened the community. The residents have been allowed to return home.

The 22 person crew has been reassigned to the Reid Lake Fire, number ZF-017. It is a 30,000 hectares (72,300 acres) fire at Reid Lake Territorial Park 30 miles east of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Sunday night. They will be building fireline in preparation of a burnout operation. Fire officials say that the crew may also be assigned to help out with a nearby fire, number ZF-014 which is over 100,000 hectares (240,100 acres).
Information on the fires may be found at nwtfire.com. Follow the Wildand Fire Updates link to the North Slave Region. Here is the July 6 update:

Reid Lake: The Ingraham Trail (Highway 4) is open as of noon Sunday, July 06, 2014. Reid Lake Territorial Park remains closed; all other parks are open. These circumstances could change on short notice. High winds and extreme weather conditions on Friday, July 04, 2014 pushed a fire near Consolation Lake towards Reid Lake. This fire ZF-017-14 is currently 7.5 kilometres east of the Ingraham Trail. Weather conditions on Saturday allowed for Environment and Natural Resources teams to assess the fire and plan further operations over the coming days. Additional resources from BC, Alaska and Saskatchewan will be supporting efforts.

Canadian officials also post updates to their Facebook page as nwtfire government organization.

The three Alaskan division supervisors that traveled with the hotshot crew remain assigned to the Kakisa Fire in the South Slave region, Hay River District.

There have been three additional single resources that DOF has sent to help out with fires in Nevada and California.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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