Southwest Area Fire update, July 5

FIRE REPORT, SOUTHWEST AREA, July 5, 2015

Contact: Francis Mitchell, Public Information Officer, SW Area, Div. of Forestry
Ph 907 524 0064 fireinfoSWS@gmail.com

During the next four days, there will be no daily press release fire reports for Southwest because the Public Information Officer will be off-duty. You can expect another report on Friday, July 10th.

ACTION HIGHLIGHTS

Six crews and 8 smokejumpers are engaged with fire suppression and site protection actions on the north and south sides of the Kuskokwim River between Aniak, Upper Kalskag and Lower Kalskag. Fire 229-Whitefish1, south of the river is estimated now at 57,000 acres. Fire 547-North Aniak, is estimated to be 51,000 acres. The crews assigned to these fires and staged out of Aniak are the Kalskag village crew, Gannett Glacier T2 IA, and four Hotshot crews: Idaho Panhandle, Flathead, Bitterroot and the newly arrived Payson crew.

A squad from the Payson Hotshots has relieved six Helitak personnel who had initiated site protection work near Fire 596 –Ophir Creek which has been moving toward the remote home of a woman who has lived there for many years.

The 8 smokejumpers working site protection on structures near Fire 413 –Paul’s Creek, north of King Salmon are completing their work. The fire will be monitored by aircraft as weather permits. Additional rain is expected during the next few days.

The Kentucky Type 2 IA crew is mopping up at Fire 624 –Mishevik, south of Tuluksak, gridding the interior of the fire for hotspots and extinguishing them.

The site protection planning and staging of protective equipment at Takotna has been completed and the two Miller Timber Services contract crews will be reassigned.

The Nikolai crew is completing spruce thinning near the village of Nikolai.

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