Southwest Alaska fire update for July 22

Here is a brief summary of wildfire activity in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Alaska:

#381 Kagalurpak Lake (13 acres) – Declared out on 7/19/16

#419 Eenayarak River (1/2 acre) – Declared out on 7/20/16

#423 Three Step Mountain (10 acres) – Declared out 7/20/16

#442 Israthorak Creek (7,797 acres) – This fire is located 15 miles southwest of Lower Kalskag and approximately 200 miles southwest of McGrath. It was flown on 7/21/16 and showed multiple isolated areas of smoke along the eastern perimeter where it has burned into the spruce. The rest of the fire has very minimal fire behavior. Fire personnel had previously established protection around structures on an allotment located approximately 2 miles south of the fire along the Kuskokwim River. Structure protection measures remain in place.

A photo of the 7,797-acre Israthorak Creek Fire approximately 200 miles southwest of McGrath in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

A photo of the 7,797-acre Israthorak Creek Fire approximately 200 miles southwest of McGrath in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

#457 Bogus Creek (4,369 acres) – This fire approximately 190 miles southwest of McGrath was flown on 7/21/16; no smoke or fire behavior was observed. The fire will remain in monitor status and point protection will be initiated if values become threatened.

A photo of the 4,369-acre Bogus Creek Fire approximately 190 miles southwest of McGrath in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

A photo of the 4,369-acre Bogus Creek Fire approximately 190 miles southwest of McGrath in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

#501 Pikmiktalik River (253 acres) – This fire was flown on 7/21/16, no smoke or fire behavior observed. The fire will remain in monitor status.

A photo of the 253-acre Pikmiktalik River Fire approximately 240 miles southwest of McGrath in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

A photo of the 253-acre Pikmiktalik River Fire approximately 240 miles southwest of McGrath in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Matt Snyder/Alaska Division of Forestry

#503 Pitmik River (1002 acres) – Only a small portion of the southeast corner of the fire is located on Refuge lands. This fire was flown on 7/21/16. Several isolated points of smoke were observed in the interior portion of the fire. The fire will be monitored and point protection initiated as needed to protect values.

#561 Salar Lake (2 acres) – Detection aircraft 02F spotted a new fire with no activity in a dried up lake bed. The fire will remain in monitor status.

The next several days should bring more moisture and variable winds predominately from the west with both a southern and then northern component as we progress through the weekend.

For more information contact Alaska Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Nate Zalewski in McGrath (907) 521-7053.

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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