Smokejumper training begins April 6

April 6, 2015 4:48 p.m.

Smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service will conduct training jumps starting April 6, 2015 and continue most afternoons during the month of April and through May 23 in preparation for the upcoming fire season.

The Smokejumpers will be parachuting in three primary areas:
• Over Birch Hill
• Chena Lakes area
• Nordale Road area

Pilots should check the Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) for information about smokejumper aircraft, and avoid flying over these areas while jumps are taking place.

Media: For requests to film or interview Alaska Smokejumpers during these training jumps, contact the Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Office, at 907-356-5511.

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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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