Archive | May, 2019

Oregon Lakes Fire equipment delivered by helicopter, boat and parachute

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 16,871 Personnel assigned: 152 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighting equipment has been delivered by helicopters, boats and parachutes to Oregon Lakes Fire crews in the Whitestone Farms, South Bank and Richardson Clearwater River communities. Five pallets of equipment were delivered, and each […]

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State forestry monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring three lightning-caused wildfires east of Tok, one of which is visible from the Alaska Highway near the Canada border. The biggest of the three fires, the McArthur Creek Fire (#133), was reported on Tuesday and was estimated at 3,000 acres as of Thursday. It is located approximately 2 […]

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Oregon Lakes Firefighters inserted in communities to begin structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 16,871 Personnel assigned: 152 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighter crews from the Oregon Lakes Fire have arrived in the Whitestone Farms, Southbank and Richardson Clearwater River communities. Additional equipment will be air-dropped today. Crews will begin structure protection today and also look […]

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Pilots Please Take Note of Delta Junction Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place around the Oregon Lakes Fire to allow air operations to proceed safely. The TFR prevents outside aircraft, including military aircraft and drones of any kind, from interfering with aerial transportation or suppression efforts. Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause aircraft to be grounded. The […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire Video Update by Incident Commander Bob Johnson PNW11

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Oregon Lakes firefighters transition to structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 16,871 Personnel assigned: 152 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Mop up activities along the primary fireline west of Delta Junction have been finalized and firefighters are transitioning to structure protection in the Whitestone, Southbank and Richardson Clearwater communities. Fire Managers and representatives from […]

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Wildfire managers urge caution with fire over holiday weekend

Memorial Day Weekend represents the unofficial start of summer in Alaska. It’s the weekend when people start cleaning up their yards, head out for the first camping or boating trip of the summer and break out grills for barbecuing. All those activities can lead to wildfires, which is why Alaska’s state and federal wildland fire […]

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Early-season lightning strikes spark wildfires in Interior

Lightning has officially entered Alaska’s wildfire equation. Over the past two weeks, almost 5,000 lightning strikes have been recorded across Alaska, according to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center in Fairbanks, which tracks daily lightning activity in Alaska. That number includes approximately 2,400 lightning strikes recorded on Monday, the highest single-day total of the season. There […]

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Mop up efforts continue on Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 15,173 Personnel assigned: 166 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Moderate to active fire behavior was observed along parts of the west perimeter during the warmest part of the day, but minimal activity was noted elsewhere. Slightly cooler temperatures and winds from the north […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire was active on the west flank on the Kansas Lake Impact Area on May 20, 2019. Photo by Karen Scholl, Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Northwest Team 11 assumes command of Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 15,173 Crews assigned: 6 Personnel assigned: 16 Cause: human, under investigation Type 2 Northwest (NW) Team 11 assumed command of the Oregon Lakes Fire today as the Alaska team completed a two week assignment and returned home to prepare for additional fires which may develop this summer. Alaskan firefighting […]

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