BLM AFS smokejumpers responding to fire north of Minto

9 p.m., July 15, 2016 – BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and aircraft are en route to a fire burning north of Minto and directly north of the Elliott Highway at milepost 106. Once there, they’ll be busy trying to contain the Starvation Creek Fire (#527) that is burning roughly 13 miles north of Minto and a mile east of a cabin.  It is burning on Minto Village corporation land within a full protection area. The fire was spotted by an agency aircraft at 7:20 p.m. Friday while it was flying a detection flight in the BLM AFS’s Tanana Management Zone north of Fairbanks. The fire was originally estimated two acres in size and burning east in a mixture of spruce and hardwood trees. It was considered 90 percent active with flames torching and burning in the crowns of trees at a moderate rate of speed. Flame length was estimated at 3-5 feet. The eight smokejumpers weren’t able to find a spot to parachute in near the fire and will be shuttled from a jump spot to the fire by a helicopter. Smoke will be visible to people driving the Elliott Highway after it turns west to Manley Hot Springs.

For more information, call the fire information line at (907)356-5511.

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About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 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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