Two new AFS fires discovered

July 9, 2014 8:53 a.m.

Two new fires were discovered in the Alaska Fire Service protection area yesterday. The Jago River Fire is located in the northeast corner of the Upper Yukon Zone on the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. Personnel will conduct a surveillance flight today to assess the situation. Another lightning-caused fire was found in the Galena Zone. The Kokopuk Creek Fire was discovered at 5:27 p.m. during a zone detection flight.  A 3 acre fire in tundra with a 0 percent active perimeter was plotted in a modified suppression management area and was placed in monitor status.

Of the nine fires in the Galena Zone from July 7, two are staffed: Duck Creek #3 and Peace River. Air Attack reported a 3 percent active perimeter smoldering in tundra with a less than 6 foot flame lengths on the Duck Creek #3 Fire. Total size was reported at 1000 acres with a low rate of spread. Two water scooper aircraft assisted with suppression support. Four smokejumpers were demobilized and the Chena IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) was brought to the fire to continue suppression efforts. There are 19 personnel on the fire.

The Peace River Fire was contained at 2 a.m. with a total size of 53 acres. Eight Smokejumpers continue to mop-up around the edge of the fire. Planned demobilization for the smokejumpers is scheduled for July 9 at 7 p.m..


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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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