12:00 p.m. – The weather picture around the state is decidedly mixed, with everything from snow and rain reported in parts of Northern Alaska and the Interior to Red Flag Warnings in portions of the Interior and Western Alaska.
Sixteen new fires were reported around the state Sunday. Eleven of those were lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska. The state received nearly 1,600 lightning strikes yesterday, with most of those in the Southwest. Meanwhile, cooler temperatures and precipitation helped moderate conditions on a number of fires that have been burning in the Interior.
Most of the lightning-caused fires in Southwest Alaska were small, at less than an acre. The largest fires were the 300-acre Whitefish Lake 1 Fire, the 150-acre Whitefish Lake 2 Fire, and the 80-acre Bogus Creek Fire. All were burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Fire managers flew those fires, but were unable to take action, due to weather. Those fires, and other fires burning in the area, will be flown again today.
Tankers and smokejumpers responded to the 40-acre Getnuna Creek Fire near Crooked Creek in Southwest Alaska yesterday. Three crews are expected to be deployed to that fire today.
The Forest Service responded to a fire burning on a ridge near Cooper Landing in the Chugach National Forest. The Slaughter Creek Fire was estimated at one-tenth of an acre. Firefighters will be working on containment and mop up today.
Smokejumpers responded to a three-acre fire on Fort Wainwright. The Ptarmigan Fire was burning in heavy spruce and fir.
Forestry personnel conducted a small burnout operation and used water to put out the Buddy Lane Fire near Delta, which was ignited from a smoldering berm pile. That fire has been placed in monitor status.
Crews are continuing to work on two other fires near Delta. The 37-acre Cummings Road Fire and the 20-acre Hillbilly Fire were supported with bucket drops and hand crews. Pilots are reminded that there is a Temporary Flight Restriction in place for the Hillbilly Fire. Additional information on Temporary Flight Restrictions can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.
Light precipitation helped moderate conditions on the Trout and Seventy Mile Fires near Eagle and minimal fire activity was observed. Crews worked to improve protection for structures near both fires.
Red Flag Warnings for high wind warnings are in effect today for the Lower Kobuk and Noatak valleys; Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills; Lower Yukon Valley; Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon valleys; Southeastern Brooks Range; Upper Koyukuk Valley; Central Interior; Middle Tanana Valley; Deltana and Tanana Flats, and the Upper Kuskokwim Valley.
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