The Alaska Fire Service is focused on Lower-48

August 7, 2014

You can call it all but over. The fire season in Alaska was the slowest it has been in a few years. The Alaska Fire Service has dealt with 32 fires for a total of 25,616 acres in its protection area for the entire season. The slow season was due in large part to near record rains that blanketed the state during July.

Fire managers have been focused on providing support to wildland firefighting efforts in the Lower-48. Over the past several weeks, personnel and equipment have been sent to CA, ID, OR, and WA.

Current mobilizations include: Chena IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) – Upper Mica Complex in ID; Midnight Sun IHC – Big Cougar Fire in ID; North Star Fire Crew – 5 Mile Fire in OR. Smoke jumpers have been sent to ID and OR. Overhead personnel for management and logistics type positions have been sent to various locations. Additional personnel and equipment requests are being filled when available.

Alaska Type 2 crews from the villages have not been mobilized as of today. Type 2 crew mobilizations normally occur around mid-August and those are based on the requirements of agencies in the Lower-48. There have not been any requests for Alaska Type 2 crews or Lower-48 Type 2 crews. It is still early in the Lower-48 fire season and Alaska fire managers continue to demonstrate the availability of Alaska Type 2 crews.

A small amount of resources have been withheld in Alaska to address the slim potential for fire activity here.

About afsakfireinfo

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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