Increased Containment and Upcoming Community Meeting in Allakaket

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The North Star Crew has been working hard in difficult terrain to get around the Chebanika Creek (#364) fire. Photo by Lakota Burwell

After much hard work firefighters have reached 65% containment on the Siruk Creek (#342) fire. Crews continue to utilize specially trained crew members to clear the perimeter of fuels with chainsaws followed by additional crew members that dig the line to clear it of any remaining vegetation.

Two crews continue to work in very difficult terrain to secure the line around the perimeter of the Chebanika Creek (#364) fire. A direct tactics strategy is still being used to contain the fire at the smallest acreage with the least exposure of risk to firefighters.

The Tabeascot Lake (#394) and Bergman Creek (#323) fires are both 100% contained and are being monitored regularly by fire officials. No smokes were observed on either fire when flown yesterday.

The Norutak Lake (#335), Hogatza River (#337), Siruk Creek 2 (#398), and Hog (#399) fires are burning in limited protection areas and will continue to be monitored by fire personnel from the air. Site protection for values in the vicinity is continuously being assessed.

The weather is forcasted to be warmer and drier today and tomorrow so fire activity may increase. It will be a good opportunity for fire personnel to find and extinguish any heat that may be lying below the surface on the staffed fires.

There is a community meeting scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 2pm. The meeting will be held at the Allakaket Tribal office. Fire officials will give an overview of the current activity on all the fires in the complex, as well as pass on an assessment from resource advisers on the recovery of the burned areas.

In addition, a tour of the helibase and a presentation on job opportunities available in wildland fire will be given to the youth of Allakaket and Alatna on Monday at 12pm. All interested youth and their parents are asked to meet at the Allakaket Tribal office no later than 12pm. Due to safety concerns; children of all ages must have an adult chaperon for the helibase tour. A detailed email will be sent to those on our email distribution list and fliers will be posted with other fire information around town.

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, store, and post office. Or, you can call Celeste Prescott, Alatna Complex Public Information Officer, at 907-968-2205 for further information.

For information about fires statewide, visit http://www.akfireinfo.com or call the Alaska Interagency Information Center at 907-356-5511. In addition, you can follow BLM Alaska Fire Service on Facebook.

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.

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