Additional Resources Arrive in Alaska

May 23, 2015 – Because of the high fire danger in Alaska, additional firefighting resources were brought to Alaska this week, including two air tankers, one water-scooping aircraft and 16 smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho.

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, prepare to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015,  at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, prepare to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015, at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, board a CASA-212 to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015,  at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, board a CASA-212 to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015, at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Tanker-160 sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service Tanker Base tarmac Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. The British Aerospace RJ8, operated by Aeroflite, is stationed in Spokane, Wash. It arrived Friday to bolster the aviation firefighting capabilities in Alaska. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Tanker-160 sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service Tanker Base tarmac Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. The British Aerospace RJ85, operated by Aeroflite, is stationed in Spokane, Wash. It arrived Friday to bolster the aviation firefighting capabilities in Alaska. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Tanker-160 sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service Tanker Base tarmac Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. The British Aerospace RJ8, operated by Aeroflite, is stationed in Spokane, Wash. It arrived Friday to bolster the aviation firefighting capabilities in Alaska. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Tanker-160 sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service Tanker Base tarmac Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. The British Aerospace RJ85, operated by Aeroflite, is stationed in Spokane, Wash. It arrived Friday to bolster the aviation firefighting capabilities in Alaska. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, are briefed on the flight operations of a CASA-212 on Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015,  at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, are briefed on the flight operations of a CASA-212 on Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015, at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, log their chutes as they prepare to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015,  at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, log their chutes as they prepare to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015, at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, prepare to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015,  at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Smokejumpers from BLM Boise, Idaho, prepare to make their practice jump Saturday afternoon, May 23, 2015, at the BLM Alaska Smokejumpers Base on Ladd Air Field at Fort Wainwright. Because of high fire danger in Alaska, 16 additional smokejumpers were brought to the state. Once the crews from Boise have completed their orientation to Alaska they will enter into the fire assignment rotation. Red Flag Warnings are forecasted to remain in effect for the Interior of Alaska through the Memorial Holiday weekend. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Crew Chief Matt Dauenhauer prepares to chock the BAe 146 tanker after it parked Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at BLM Alaska Fire Service tanker base at Fort Wainwright. The jet propelled tanker can carry 3,000 gal. of retardant and has a cursing speed of more than 400 miles per hour. It has the ability to rapidly move between multiple fires, dropping partial loads on each. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Crew Chief Matt Dauenhauer prepares to chock the BAe 146 tanker after it parked Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at BLM Alaska Fire Service tanker base at Fort Wainwright. The jet propelled tanker can carry 3,000 gal. of retardant and has a cursing speed of more than 400 miles per hour. It has the ability to rapidly move between multiple fires, dropping partial loads on each. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

A BAe 146 tanker, left, taxies on Ladd Field past a CL-415 Superscooper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at BLM Alaska Fire Service at Fort Wainwright. The two aircraft are new to fire suppression efforts in Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

A BAe 146 tanker, left, taxies on Ladd Field past a CL-415 Superscooper on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at BLM Alaska Fire Service at Fort Wainwright. The two aircraft are new to fire suppression efforts in Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Neptune Aviation's BAe 146 retardant tanker makes its final approach to Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, as it arrives at BLM Alaska Fire Service on Fort Wainwright. The aircraft with its four turbofan engines will be the first jet pro pulsed tanker to fight fire in Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Neptune Aviation’s BAe 146 retardant tanker makes its final approach to Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, as it arrives at BLM Alaska Fire Service on Fort Wainwright. The aircraft with its four turbofan engines is the first jet propelled tanker to fight fire in Alaska. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Aero Flite's water bomber, a Bombardier CL-415 Superscooper, sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service tarmac at Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Fort Wainwright. This plane can scoop more than 1,600 gallons of water during a 12 second pass, skimming across the surface of a lake. The plane based out of Spokane, Wash., is piloted by Capt. Denis Boulanger and Capt. Peter Crosby. Mechanics Drew Kristof and Mike Flores also accompany the plane while on assignment. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Aero Flite’s water bomber, a Bombardier CL-415 Superscooper, sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service tarmac at Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Fort Wainwright. This plane can scoop more than 1,600 gallons of water during a 12 second pass, skimming across the surface of a lake. The plane based out of Spokane, Wash., is piloted by Capt. Denis Boulanger and Capt. Peter Crosby. Mechanics Drew Kristof and Mike Flores also accompany the plane while on assignment. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Aero Flite's water bomber, a Bombardier CL-415 Superscooper, sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service tarmac at Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Fort Wainwright. This plane is larger than the CL-215 seen previously fighting fires in Alaska. With its turbo prop engines and greater carrying capacity, this will be a more efficient aircraft for the job. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Aero Flite’s water bomber, a Bombardier CL-415 Superscooper, sits on the BLM-Alaska Fire Service tarmac at Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Fort Wainwright. This plane is larger than the CL-215 seen previously fighting fires in Alaska. With its turbo prop engines and greater carrying capacity, this will be a more efficient aircraft for the job. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

A British Aerospace BAe 146 sits ahead of a Convair CV580 at the BLM- Alaska Fire Service retardant tanker base Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on Ladd Field at Fort Wainwright. The Convair turboprop tankers have been used in Alaska for several years. This will be the first season in Alaska for the jet propelled BAe 146. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

A British Aerospace BAe 146 sits ahead of a Convair CV580 at the BLM- Alaska Fire Service retardant tanker base Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on Ladd Field at Fort Wainwright. The Convair turboprop tankers have been used in Alaska for several years. This is the first season in Alaska for the jet propelled BAe 146. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Tanker 10 from Missoula, Mont. arrived at Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at BLM Alaska Fire Service at Fort Wainwright. The BAe 146 is manned with pilot Capt. John Gallaher, co-pilot Capt. Pete Nadon and crew chief Matt Dauenhauer. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

Tanker 10 from Missoula, Mont. arrived at Ladd Field on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at BLM Alaska Fire Service at Fort Wainwright. The BAe 146 is manned with pilot Capt. John Gallaher, co-pilot Capt. Pete Nadon and crew chief Matt Dauenhauer. Sam Harrel BLM-AFS photo

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