Incident management teams coordinate transfer of command

DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Less than a trace of precipitation fell on parts of the Oregon Lakes Fire as firefighters continue to hold and improve sections of the more than 8-miles of line created during burn operations. Crews will monitor the fire in anticipation of increased southerly winds and warmer temperatures today. Structure protection preparations of military observation sites on the west side of the fire will continue should the fire move farther west. Delta Junction will see more activity today as the Type 2 Pacific Northwest (PNW) Team 11 shadows the Type 2 Alaska Interagency Incident Management (AKIIMT) Green Team today before taking command of the fire at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Graphic for fire statistics.An Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team responded last night to address an unidentified object discovered while firefighters were mopping up the burn operation in the northwest corner of the fire. Firefighter safety is paramount to wildland firefighting, finding the unidentified explosive ordinance outside of the military impact areas limited operations to established road and trail system while the EOD team investigated the item. The team deemed the object inert.

The two management teams will work together today to ensure a smooth transition to the PNW Team 11 as it assumes command of the Oregon Lakes Fire tomorrow morning. The strategic plan developed by the Alaska team will be passed on to the PNW Team 11 to use when managing this early-season fire. Alaska’s firefighting crews will remain on the fireline and several Alaska team members will be integrated into the PNW team to assist with the complexities of operating in Alaska.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fire area to prevent outside aircraft, including military aircraft, from interfering with the suppression efforts.

Forecasted weather: Southerly chinook winds will begin to increase today to 10-15 mph with gusts to around 25 mph. Significantly warmer and drier weather is forecast as near red flag conditions are expected tomorrow.


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