Firefighters deployed to two wildfires in Southwest Alaska

July 16, 7:30 p.m. – Alaska Division of Forestry fire managers on Saturday evaluated the approximately 40 lightning-caused fires burning in Southwest Alaska and deployed firefighters to two fires.

A helitack crew from McGrath flew into the area of the 75-acre Bear Creek Fire to protect a Remote Automated Weather Station and cabins in the vicinity of the growing fire. The Bear Creek Fire was reported on Thursday approximately 50 miles southeast of McGrath. Firefighters are clearing trees to create fuel breaks around the RAWS site and cabins in the area.

The George River Fire was reported on Thursday at 25 acres burning in tundra and spruce approximately 90 miles southwest of McGrath. A portion of the Yukon Type 2 Initial Attack Crew from the Alaska Division of Forestry was flown to the fire to protect a cabin in the area. Firefighters also will be assessing the threat to allotments near the George River Fire.

Fire managers will continue monitoring and evaluating other fires burning in the Southwest Area to determine any future plan of action.

This Alaska Division of Forestry map shows the more than 40 active fires burning in Southwest Alaska. Dan Labarre/Alaska Division of Forestry

This Alaska Division of Forestry map shows the more than 40 active fires burning in Southwest Alaska. Dan Labarre/Alaska Division of Forestry

An aerial photo of the George River Fire  burning approximately 90 miles southwest of McGrath taken Friday. Kourtney Straight/Alaska Division of Forestry

An aerial photo of the George River Fire burning approximately 90 miles southwest of McGrath taken Friday. Kourtney Straight/Alaska Division of Forestry

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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