July 2 – Fire officials have called the Bergman Creek Fire (#323) 100% contained. The Hughes Type 2 crew and last remaining overhead on fire #323 will be demobilized by the end of shift and reassigned to other fires in the complex. Officials will continue to monitor the Bergman Creek fire.
During the community meeting that was held in Allakaket on Thursday, locals expressed concern about the fish and wildlife habitat that could be affected near the Chebanika Creek Fire (#364). Resource advisors were brought in to assist fire officials in making the best possible decisions to minimize and mitigate possible impacts to the environment and habitat in these areas of concern while factoring in safe and efficient fire fighting tactics. The North Star Type 2 crew was ordered to fire #364 and arrived today to set up structure protection on a nearby cabin and assess allotments in the area. Fire officials will continue to assess whether more resources need to be ordered to the fire.
The Hughes crew will be reassigned to the Siruk Creek Fire (#342) tomorrow, July 3. They will join the Chena Hotshots, Yukon Type 2IA, and Allakaket Type 2 crew, bringing the total personnel assigned to fire #342 up to 87. Firefighters will continue to secure the fire line while extinguishing hotspots.
Firefighting efforts and more moderate weather with light precipitation has allowed for good progress to be made on the fires that are currently staffed in the Alatna Complex. Minimal fire behavior was observed on most of the fires in the complex yesterday, although some creeping and isolated torching occurred on the Hogatza River Fire (#337). Fire officials continue to monitor both the Hogatza River and neighboring Norutak Lake
For information about the Alatna Complex, contact Public Information Officer Celeste Prescott at (907)968-2205 or email Alatnacomplex@gmail.com. The most up to date information and maps of the Alatna Complex Fires is available online at http://www.akfireinfo.com and will be posted in the Allakaket and Alatna Tribal Council buildings, as well as the Allakaket school and store. Updates and maps will also be distributed via email to those that request to be added to our email distribution list. Send an email to email@example.com if you would like to be added to the list.
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The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 240 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska