Firefighting efforts continue to expand on Zitziana River, Mooseheart fires

Map showing where the Zitziana River Fire, on right, and the Mooseheart Fire are burning south of Manley (6/16/16).

Map showing where the Zitziana River Fire, on right, and the Mooseheart Fire are burning south of Manley (6/16/16). Click on link 061618_ Moosehrt_Zitz_AM for PDF version of map. 

The number of firefighting personnel working to protect cabins and Native allotments south of Manley Hot Springs continues to expand after the Zitziana River Fire (#133) advanced to the east Friday. There are 130 personnel working on the fire including eight smokejumpers that deployed Friday to protect structures at Iksgiza Lake located six miles east of Kindamina Lake. Meanwhile, a Type 3 Incident Management organization set up shop in Manley Hot Springs to coordinate the firefighting efforts on the fire and the nearby Mooseheart Fire (#204). In addition to 24 smokejumpers on the ground, both of BLM AFS’s Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews – the Chena Hotshots and the Midnight Sun Hotshots – and two Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) Crews – the Tanana Chiefs Crew and the Division of Forestry’s White Mountain Crew – are busy assessing structures and Native land allotments along the river and lakes and setting up protection measures. More boats and aircraft continue to move in to help shuttle firefighters and supplies around.

Because of this, the temporary flight restriction (TFR) in the airspace surrounding the fires was expanded today to provide a safe flying area for the multitude of aircraft working in support with firefighters on the ground. Airmen are asked to regularly check NOTAMs as the TFR area may expand along with firefighting efforts. For more information regarding NoTAM Number FDC 8/6507, go to http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_6507.html

efforts. For more information regarding NoTAM Number FDC 8/6507, go to http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_6507.html

Map of temporary flight restriction put in place over the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires. efforts. For more information regarding NoTAM Number FDC 8/6507, go to http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_8_6507.html

Strong, gusty winds persisted throughout the day on Thursday and Friday, pushing the Zitziana River Fire within a half a mile north of the Kindamina Lake and farther east. These conditions, coupled with a large amount of smoke, have obscured visibility surrounding the fires and hampered efforts to deploy firefighters and aircraft. The Mooseheart Fire is estimated at just under 46,000 acres and the Zitziana River Fire has burned an estimated at 29,500 aces. They are burning about eight miles south of Manley Hot Springs.

Contact BLM AFS Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at eipsen@blm or (907)356-5510.

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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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