SOUTHWEST AREA FIRES
July 13, 2015
On Sunday, two detection flights monitored 28 of the 85 active fires in the Southwest management area. Generally, observed fires’ behaviors were moderate and not markedly changed from earlier monitoring overflights. Monitoring missions include mapping of fire perimeters. These updated maps provide current acres-burned information. As of this morning, 901,830 acres are estimated to have been burned-over in Southwest Alaska. One new fire, number 742 –Oskawalik Junior was found 15 miles southwest of Red Devil, in country designated for Limited protection.
Telida – Nikolai Fires: A three-person helitak squad is completing structures protection on the Eluska allotment near the Bear Island Lake fire, northwest of Telida, Four smokejumpers are putting in protections at two cabins near the Soda Creek fire north of Nikolai.
Fires near Telida but in the Tanana management zone are being monitored by BLM fire officials of the Tanana zone. Any actions to protect sites near the zones’ boundary will be coordinated between Southwest and Tanana managers.
Aniak Complex: Four fires near four communities and one remote home are keeping 8 crews and 3 helicopters busy north and south of a fifty mile stretch of the middle Kuskokwim River. Hooper Bay 2 crew is the latest crew to join the effort. Whitefish Lake 1 Fire has been burning for six weeks. The other three fires, Mission Creek, North Aniak and Ophir Creek are three weeks old. Until recently, the work of crews was restricted to developing protection from these fires immediately around communities and occupied structures. With those site protections in place and with more crews available, the objective now is to contain segments of the fires that are nearest to populated places.
Contact: Francis Mitchell, Public Information Officer, SW Area, Div. of Forestry,