Alaska firefighters head to Lower-48

July 17, 2014 2 p.m.

Alaska firefighters are down in the Lower-48 to help with fires in the west. The Chena and Midnight Sun IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) are in Idaho on the Whiskey Complex Fire.  There have been 26 smokejumpers departures: 16 to Idaho and 10 to Oregon. Several overhead personnel have departed to various locations.

While the fire activity situation in Alaska is low, some resources are being retained to address possible fire starts over the next few weeks. Fire managers continue to evaluate the situation and are in preparation and planning to send additional crews, overhead personnel and equipment south as needed.

Continued rains in Alaska have slowed fire activity to a minimum. The state Preparedness Level has been at Level 1, the lowest level, since June 18. A few fires have occurred due to lightning strikes but they have been in mostly remote areas and are in monitor only.

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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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