Demob Begins as Containment Increases

Green grass is returning to a burnt section of the Chebanika Creek (#364) fire.

Green grass is returning to a burnt section of the Chebanika Creek (#364) fire. Photo by, Erika Lamb

The Siruk Creek (#342) fire is now 85% contained. The remaining uncontained perimeter is on the northeast finger were crews are working towards each other to complete the line. The Chena Hotshot crew is being demobed off the fire today and Hughes Type 2 crew will be demobed tomorrow, followed by the Yukon Type 2IA crew on Tuesday. The Allakaket Type 2 crew and squad will remain on the fire until the fire is 100% contained, most likely midweek.

The Gannet Glacier Type 2IA crew and the North Star Type 2 crew have reached 10% containment on the southeast perimeter of the Chebanika Creek (#364) fire. The two crews and two overhead will continue the work in very difficult terrain to secure the line.

All other fires in the Alatna Complex remain in montior status; Bergman Creek (#323), Norutak Lake (#335), Hogatza River (#337), Tabeascot Lake (#394), Siruk Creek 2 (#398), and Hog (#399). Fire officials fly the fires every other day to monitor their status.

Today’s weather is forecasted to be cloudy with some scattered showers. Allakaket has received some isolated rain this morning. Clouds are forecasted to decrease late tonight with few remaining tomorrow and clear skies by Tuesday. Temperatures are predicted to be in the 80’s on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The community meeting is still scheduled for 2pm tomorrow, 7/11, at the Allakaket Tribal office. However, tomorrows schedule for the youths presentation and tour has been adjusted due to the Hughes crew being demobed in the morning, which utilizes the helicopters. The “Opportunities in Wildland Fire” presentation will now be held at 12pm at the Allakaket Tribal office followed by a guided tour of our helibase and helicopters at 1pm. Due to safety concerns, all children must be accompained on the tour by an adult chaperone.

Helicopter N16920 being loaded with QB's (collapsable 5 gallon container filled with water) to be delivered to the firefighters in the field. The same helicopters will be assisting with demobing the crews.

Helicopter N16920 being loaded with QB’s (collapsible 5 gallon container filled with water) to be delivered to the firefighters in the field. The same helicopters will be assisting with demobing the crews.

The most up to date information and maps of the Alatna Complex Fires is available online at 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.

For information about fires statewide, visit 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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