Oregon Lakes Fire grew Thursday before anticipated weather change

Photo shows a view of Oregon Lakes Fire activity on 5-30-19 from a rest area along the Richardson Highway. Large mountains are visible in the distance with smoke in the foreground.
View of Oregon Lakes Fire activity on 5-30-19 from a rest area along the Richardson Highway. Photo by Maggie Demers.
  • 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 to the south and west.

Fire crews have made significant progress in property protection fuelbreaks near groups of cabins in the Richardson Clearwater and South Bank communities. Property fuelbreaks and structure protection efforts at Whitestone were completed earlier this week. All sprinkler and hose installations in these areas have been completed.

Fire managers continue to coordinate with U.S. Army Alaska personnel to maintain pumps and sprinklers located at military observation points on the western side of the fire.

A BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 3 management organization assumed command of the Oregon Lakes Fire this morning, however wildland fire information contacts remain the same.

The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was reduced in size. The TFR is
designed to protect aerial transportation and suppression efforts related to the fire from interference from private, commercial, military or drones of any kind.

Weather Forecast: Widespread showers are forecasted in the morning, then numerous showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Winds are expected to be light.

For More Information

  • 2019_akmid_OregonLakes@firenet.gov
  • (208) 254-1130
  • Inciweb.nwcg.gov
  • Facebook @BLMAFS
  • Twitter @BLM_AFS
  • Firewise: firewise.org
Map of Oregon Lakes Fire perimeter 5-31-19

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