Firefighters wrap up work on Molybdenum Mountain Fire

Alaska Division of Forestry wildland firefighters have completed work on a 650-acre wildfire in southwest Alaska.
The last of the firefighters working on the Molybdenum Mountain Fire were flown off the fire on Tuesday afternoon after declaring the fire 100 percent contained. The fire, located about 135 miles southwest of McGrath, was started by lightning on June 5.
The three crews assigned to the fire spent the weekend gridding for hotspots in the rain and found no areas of heat 300 feet in from the perimeter. A drone equipped with an infrared camera was used to search for hotspots in the interior of the fire. Firefighters were assisted by heavy rain that fell over much of southwest Alaska over the weekend that significantly diminished fire activity.
The Yukon Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and the Upper Kalskag Type 2 hand crew were demobilized from the fire on Monday and the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew was flown off the fire on Tuesday.
The Molybdenum Mountain Fire was one of more than two dozen wildfires started by lighting in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area during the first week of June. It was the only fire that still had firefighting personnel assigned to it.
The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring the remainder of the unstaffed fires by air to ensure they don’t pose a threat.

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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