Last crews pulled off Medfra Fire in southwest Alaska

4 p.m. June 13, 2016 – The last two crews working on a wildfire in a remote part of southwest Alaska were scheduled to be demobilized today.
The 9,607-acre Medfra Fire, which started on May 29 as the result of a holdover fire from the 2015 Soda Creek Fire, was listed as 99 percent contained as of Sunday night, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The fire was located about 50 miles northeast of McGrath.
The White Mountain Type 2 initial attack crew from Fairbanks and a Type 2 crew from the village of Nondalton were released from the fire on Sunday and Type 2 crews from Lower Kalskag and Upper Kalskag were scheduled to be released on Monday. Also, three smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service who have been on scene since the fire started were also pulled off the fire.
A reconnaissance flight of the fire on Sunday night revealed five small smokes that are not expected to pose a problem.
Call the fire information office at (907) 356-5511 for information.

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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