Nine new lightning-caused fires in Galena

July 8, 2014 10:53 a.m.

The Alaska Fire Service Galena Zone saw a big increase in fire activity as a result of 3,890 lightning strikes on July 7. the Galena Zone is located on the western part of the state. The fires are:

Kawichiark River, the 2 acre fire was approximately 10 acres in size, 50 percent active and creeping in tundra fuels. The fire plotted in a limited suppression management area and was placed in monitor status.

Selawik River, A 50 acre fire was discovered by zone surveillance aircraft. The fire was 00% active and backing and running in tundra fuels. The fire plotted in a limited suppression management area and was placed in monitor
status.

Napatolik Creek,  At 7:16 p.m. the fire was discovered by zone surveillance aircraft. The fire was 50 percent active and smoldering in tundra. The fire plotted in a modified suppression management area and will be re-evaluated on July 8 and a determination of resource needs will be made at that time.

Singauruk River #1, the fire was discovered by zone surveillance aircraft and was smoldering in tundra. The fire plotted in a modified suppression management area. The fire will be re-evaluated for a determination of resource needs.

Duck Creek #1,2 and 3, At 4:45 p.m. a local resident from the village of Buckland reported seeing three distinct fires to the northwest of the village. All three fires (Duck Creek #1, Duck Creek #2, Duck Creek #3) plotted in a modified suppression management area.  It was determined that action needed to be taken. At 2047 smokejumpers were delivered to suppress the fires. Duck Creek #3 is the largest of the three at 60 acres. Duck Creek #1  and #2 are 4 and 15 acres respectively.

Fish River, 2 acres in a Limited area burning in tundra and brush. The fire is in monitor status.

Peace River, 5 acres located 25 miles north northeast of Koyuk burning in tundra and brush. Eight smokejumpers were sent to the fire.

Wet thunderstorms with lightning are expected to continue.



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