Southwest Area Fire updates, July 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2015
FIRE REPORT, SOUTHWEST AREA, July 11, 2015

FIRES Two observation flights per day are checking fires in Southwest Alaska. The most recent observations show that activity on a number of fires is moderating due to less wind, lower temperatures and, in some cases, a little rain.

RAIN
It will take more than a “little” rain to really quell the many fires burning in Southwest Alaska. The extent of Friday’s precipitation is shown on the map. Color coding indicates that wherever rain did fall in Southwest, it totaled less than 1/10th of an inch. That amount won’t extinguish fires that are entrenched in this summer’s super-dry fuels. Thunderstorms are expected on Sunday and Monday, bringing more lightning. On the other hand, a very tentative forecast suggests more significant rain amounts on Wednesday and thereafter.

SMOKE
After wildfires’ destructive potential, smoke congestion is a second concern for people. On the right is a forecast for where there will be heavy smoke concentrations at 4 a.m. on Sunday. The fires near Aniak will apparently spread smoke over Holy Cross, Shageluk and Grayling and all the way to the coast. Smoke from the McGrath area joins with a vast pool of smoke from Galena zone fires.

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

fireinfoSWS@gmail.com

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