BLM AFS, U.S. Army monitoring fire southwest of Fort Greely

BLM Alaska Fire Service and the U.S. Army Alaska are keeping an eye on the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire (#077) that grew to 4,000 acres due to warm weather over the past two days. The fire is mostly confined to an area burned in 2013, burning in grass and downed trees, according to BLM AFS personnel that flew over the fire around midday today. The fire’s head is moving in a northerly direction, but the fire had experienced moderate growth in all directions. The fire was putting up quite a bit of smoke that drifted into Delta Junction. A high pressure system will hang over the area today and tomorrow until a weather front is forecasted to slowly move in the area from the southwest Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service. If the forecast pans out, the area could see rain or even snow. Winds are predicted to stay relatively light as the weather front moves in.

The BLM AFS Military Fire Management Zone is working with U.S. Army Alaska Garrison and the Alaska Division of Forestry to monitor Fire #077 and determine the best course of action to keep it from burning outside military lands. The remote fire is burning about 7 miles southwest of Fort Greely on the west side of the braided Delta River within the Donnelly Training Area. It is considered an impact area with unexploded ordinance on the ground, making it too dangerous to place anyone on the ground. It is burning in a limited protection area and is not immediately threatening any resources.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For more information, contact BLM AFS Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5510 or (907)388-2159.

Map of The Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire (#077) is burning mostly in a 2013 burn on the west side of the Delta River southwest of Fort Greely.

The Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire (#077) is burning mostly in a 2013 burn on the west side of the Delta River southwest of Fort Greely. Click on link 5-1-2019 Fire 077 NOON for PDF version of map.

 

 

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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