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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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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