Update on Delta area fires

Delta Area Fire Update
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Alaska Interagency Fire Information – 907-356-5511
Tim.Mowry@alaska.gov
Hours of Operation: 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
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Fire Information
Overview: The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) and the Alaska Fire Service (AFS) continue to manage fires around the Delta Junction and Salcha areas. The change in weather has significantly moderated fire activity. This will be the last update unless significant fire activity occurs. The information officer that has been assigned to the area will demob at the end of shift, July 28. The healylakefireinfo@gmail.com email address will be checked periodically but for a quicker response use the email address listed above. The “Delta Area Fire Information” Facebook page will remain active to be utilized again when fire activity dictates. Follow the Alaska DNR Facebook page for a current overview of statewide fire information. Please contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office, at the number above, with any additional questions or concerns.

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Blair Fire (440), AFS: The lightning-caused Blair Fire started on June 20 and is currently 41,514 acres. Fire behavior is minimal due to rain the fire received over the last few days; More rain is in the forecast. The firefighters staffing the Blair Fire are set for tentative demob on July 29. The structure protection equipment around cabins in the 5-mile Clear Creek Community will remain in place. If fire behavior increases and becomes a threat to the area then smokejumpers will be deployed to initiate structure protection procedures. Fire officials will continue regular aerial monitoring of the fire perimeter.

Healy Lake (313), DOF: The Healy Lake Fire started by lightning on June 16 is approximately 11,473 acres in size. No smokes were observed when the fire was flown on July 27. Structure protection equipment remains in place and will be utilized should fire activity warrant. Fire personnel will continue to monitor the fire by air.

Other Delta Area Fires: The Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Fire Service will continue to monitor the other fires in the area. Fire personnel monitor all the fires by air when the weather and aircraft availability permits.

After A Wildfire Concerns: When returning to or recreating in an area recently affected by fire, please be aware of the changes to the landscape. Trees that burnt during the fire but are still standing can fall with the slightest of winds. Burnt vegetation and roots may continue to smolder below ground and create white ash pits that if stepped in could cause severe burns. Orange retardant that was used to protect valuables is non-toxic but may stain and should be cleaned up as soon as possible. For more detailed information visit http://fire.ak.blm.gov.

Statewide Fire Info: For information about fires statewide visit http://www.akfireinfo.com or call the fire information office at 907-356-5511.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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