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.