Third jet load of Alaska EFF crews to depart on Friday

Aug. 13, 2014, 4:30 p.m.

The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) has received a request for a third jet load of Alaska Type 2 Emergency Firefighter (EFF) crews. They are scheduled to depart Ladd Field at Fort Wainwright on Friday, Aug. 15, for assignments in northern California. The crews have 20 firefighters each for a total of 100 crew members. Leaving on this flight from the Alaska Fire Service are Tanana, Ruby, Huslia #2 and Stebbins #2. Representing the Division of Forestry is the Chevak #2 crew.

Aug. 9 was the first mobilization of Alaska EFF crews when the first 100 crew members departed for assignments in California’s Klamath National Forest. The second plane load also delivered 100 crew members to northern California. The crews that previously departed from Alaska Fire Service are Kaltag #1, Fort Yukon #1, Venetie #2, Koyukuk, St. Michael, Mt. Village Selawick #2 and Pilot Station. The Alaska Division of Forestry sent the Delta #2 and Upper Tanana #1 crews.

Resources are being maintained in Alaska for response to fires within the state. Six new fires were detected in western Alaska on Tuesday, Aug. 12, sparked by lightning from passing thunderstorms. Only one, the Sisters Fire at 800 acres located in a full management option area 13 miles southeast of St. Michael, is staffed with fire personnel.

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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