Alaska wildfire roundup for Wednesday, June 3

12:00 p.m. — Rain has dampened most of the fire danger across the state. With only one new fire reported Tuesday, Alaska’s firefighting remains focused on a series of lightning-caused fires in the Southwest region. A fire was reported Tuesday morning in McGrath’s community park. The human caused, .1-acre fire was quickly controlled and called out later in the day. The Whitefish Lake 1 and Whitefish Lake 2 fires, burning about 10 miles southwest of Kalskag in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, have been joined together through burnout operations to form one fire estimated at 9,798 acres, as of Tuesday night. Lightning on Sunday in black spruce and tundra started both fires. Four crews are assigned to the fire working on the fire directly, establishing a good anchor point and securing the northern flank. Firefighters on the ground were supported with water scooping aircraft and tankers dropping retardant throughout the day Tuesday. Two additional crews have been dispatched Wednesday to join the suppression efforts. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire. Additional information on Temporary Flight Restrictions can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.

#228 Whitefish Lake 2 and #229 Whitefish Lake 1 fires on Monday, June 1, 2015. Division of Forestry photo

#228 Whitefish Lake 2 and #229 Whitefish Lake 1 fires on Monday, June 1, 2015. Division of Forestry photo

Whitefish Lake 229 6_2_15_2200 Two crews continue working on the Getmuna Creek Fire, another lightning-caused blaze from Sunday burning 50 miles southeast of Holy Cross near the Kuskokwim River. Firefighters continue to work directly on this fire making good progress with assistance from two helicopters with buckets. The fire is estimated to be 62.5 acres and 15% contained. Firefighters have the 37-acre Cummings Road Fire, burning about 30 miles southeast of Delta, 30% contained. There are 60 personnel working the human-caused fire that started Saturday. Rain has slowed the efforts of firefighters working to complete burnout operations on the 2,662-acre Seventy Mile Fire. The lightning-strike fire from May 24 is eight miles northwest of Eagle burning along the Seventymile River. The burnout operation is to corral the fire away from cabins and allotments along the river and let it naturally progress into the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Local rains have also moderated two fires burning on military lands southwest of Delta Junction. Personnel assigned to the 15-acre Hillbilly Fire and the 4-acre Ptarmigan Fire continues mop-up operations. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction over the Hillbilly Fire. Additional information on Temporary Flight Restrictions can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The Little Creek Fire, another Sunday lightning start in southwest Alaska, was declared out late Tuesday evening. The three smokejumpers were demobilized from the 17-acre.

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