Alaskans headed south to help with Lower 48 wildfires

July 17, 2014, 3 p.m.

(Fairbanks, AK) – Alaskan firefighting crews and personnel are headed Outside as wildland fire potential continues to decrease in much of the state. The Gannett Glacier and White Mountain Type 2 initial attack crews are on their way to north-central Washington. Nearly 100 Division of Forestry overhead personnel, supervisory positions, managers and crew members have been ordered to fires that are occurring across several Western states. Wildfires are burning in Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and California.

The Carlton Complex, northeast of Seattle, consists of four fires in the Methow Valley which started Monday from lightning strikes. The four fires under the complex are the Stokes Fire, French Creek Fire, Cougar Flats Fire, and Golden Hike Fire.

The Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew is still on assignment in the Northwest Territories and is expected to return the middle of next week.

The Alaska Fire Service has also let resources head south in response to increased fire activity in the Lower 48. The Midnight Sun and Chena interagency hotshot crews are in Idaho on the Whiskey Complex Fire. Several overhead personnel and 26 smokejumpers have departed to various locations.

Fire activity in Alaska has been minimal as rains continue to fall across most of the state. Forestry still maintains initial attack firefighters and equipment across the state to respond to possible fires. Recent fires have been lightning caused in northwest Alaska and have been placed in monitor status.

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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