More firefighters to join efforts on fires south of Manley Hot Springs

Map showing the Mooseheart Fire (on left) and the Zitziana River Fire (on right), which are burning about eight miles south of Manley Hot Springs.

Map showing the Mooseheart Fire (on left) and the Zitziana River Fire (on right), which are burning about eight miles south of Manley Hot Springs. Click link Mooseheart_zitziana_061518 to see PDF version of map.

Two crews will join the efforts to protect cabins and Native allotments that are in the area of the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires burning south of Manley Hot Springs. The Type 1 BLM AFS Chena Hotshots and the Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Tanana Chiefs Conference crews, both at about 20 firefighters strong, will travel to Manley Hot Springs. They will eventually join the 18 smokejumpers and the Type 1 BLM AFS Midnight Sun Hotshots already in place along the Tanana River and the Kindamina Lake. They will be assessing structures and Native land allotments along the river and lake and setting up protective measures. The Mooseheart Fire (#204) is estimated at 39,000 acres, a decrease in size due to more accurate mapping. Meanwhile the Zitziana River Fire (#133) burned an estimated 25,700 acres over the past two days and is now believed to be 28,000 acres. Both fires are burning about eight miles south of Manley Hot Springs.

Strong, gusty winds persisted throughout the day on Thursday, pushing the Zitziana River Fire within a half a mile north of the Kindamina Lake. The Division of Forestry air tankers worked late into the night dropping retardant north of the Kindamina Lake to create a buffer to protect numerous structures around the lake and the 14 smokejumpers who were setting up protection measures such as water pumps and hose lays.

The area will be busy once again today with boats and aircraft shuttling firefighters to position them on areas that will be identified as needing protection. Because of this, a temporary flight restriction has been put in place over the area south Manley Hot Springs to provide a safe flying area for the multitude of aircraft that are working on the fires. The TFR is in place until there are no more air operations supporting firefighters on the ground. For more information regarding NOTAM Number FDC 8/5927, go to
http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_5927.html

Map showing the temporary flight restriction (TFR) placed on airspace over the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires. The TFR will remain in place until no air operations are needed in support of firefighters on the ground.

Map showing the temporary flight restriction (TFR) placed on airspace over the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires. The TFR will remain in place until no air operations are needed in support of firefighters on the ground. For more information regarding NOTAM Number FDC 8/5927, go to
http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_5927.html

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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