Archive | May, 2019

Oregon Lakes Fire grew Thursday before anticipated weather change

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 29,296 Personnel assigned: 124 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – While conditions are expected to bring temporary reprieve with cooler, wetter weather moving into the area, Thursday’s breezy warm temperatures resulted in fire growth primarily […]

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Photo of members of the Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Fairbanks #1 hand crew that was assigned to the Oregon Lakes Fire May 17-22 to put in place protection measures on the military observation sites north of the Oklahoma Range.

Oregon Lakes Fire transitions to local Alaskan Incident Management team; FINAL UPDATE from NW Team 11

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 29,296 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – The Northwest Incident Management Team 11 (NW11) is transitioning command of the Oregon Lakes Fire to a BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 3 management team. The Alaska team will shadow NW11 team today, and […]

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Firefighters mopping up small wildfire east of Birch Lake near Fairbanks

Wildland firefighters  are mopping up a small, remote wildfire reported Tuesday night approximately 7 ½ miles east of Birch Lake, about 55 miles southeast of Fairbanks. The one-half acre Junction Fire was reported to Alaska Division of Forestry’s Fairbanks Area office at around 8 p.m. by air attack personnel returning from the Oregon Lakes Fire […]

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Photo of Division of Forestry's Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack crew loading gear on to a boat.

Oregon Lakes Firefighters complete structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 28,770 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Cooler temperatures, decreased winds and rain showers on Tuesday reduced activity in the Oregon Lakes Fire, which showed minor growth yesterday. Some portions of the fire received .2 inches of rain, but other parts […]

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U.S. Forest Service responding to 5-acre wildfire near Haines

The USDA Forest Service is supporting suppression efforts for a wildfire in Haines that started on Monday, May 27 as a structure fire and spread into the wildlands. Called the 8.5 Mile Fire, the approximately 5-acre wildfire is currently burning on private and state lands north of the Haines Highway at Milepost 8.5. There are […]

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Significant growth in Oregon Lakes Fire documented

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 28,770 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – High winds on Saturday and Sunday nights caused the Oregon Lakes Fire to significantly grow to the west. A lull in winds Monday allowed fire personnel to fly over the fire and verify the […]

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Progression Map of the Oregon Lakes Fire Growth Shows Effects of Weekend Wind Event

The strong and gusty Chinook winds over the Memorial Day weekend pushed growth of the Oregon Lakes Fire to an estimated 28,771 acres. The vast majority of the new fire growth was in dry flashy fuels west of the fire as shown in red on the progression map. The fire has burned through stringers of […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire burns west

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 19,328 Personnel assigned: 130 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Forecasted high winds on Saturday evening and Sunday brought more activity to the western edge of the Oregon Lakes Fire as the fire increased by approximately 2,000 acres. Fire is primarily consuming dry grass […]

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Photo Gallery: Chinook winds push Oregon Lakes Fire smoke into Fairbanks, North Pole, Salcha

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Chinook Winds increase Oregon Lakes Fire activity

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 17,465 Personnel assigned: 151 Crews assigned: 4 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – After several days of low fire behavior, high winds from the south increased activity of the Oregon Lakes Fire Saturday night. The fire expanded along the western perimeter, but has not moved northward. Smoke […]

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