Oregon Lakes Fire receives significant rainfall

Photo shows two BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers riding in a boat looking out at the river, trees and smoky sky. Pumps and hose are in the background. Photo by Alaska Smokejumper Travis McCabe.
BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers participating in property protection efforts use boats to shuttle along the Richardson Clearwater. Boater safety is a priority on the fire. Photo by Travis McCabe, BLM Alaska Fire Service
  • Start Date: April 30, 2019
  • Acres: 31,850
  • Personnel assigned: 71
  • Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA)
  • Cause: human, under investigation

DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  With nearly an inch of rain, the Oregon Lakes Fire experienced minimal growth on Saturday.

While the rain has significantly slowed fire growth, it likely will not put this large, early-season, fire out. Smoke may be visible at times throughout the summer, especially when the southerly chinook winds that frequent the Delta River drainage are present. The fire is primarily burning in dead grass, tundra, and brush, plus dead and downed trees from the 2013 Mississippi and 2014 100 Mile Creek fires.

The rain will aid green-up, which will help to reduce fire spread. However, as the summer progresses, the warmer, windy weather will likely dry spruce trees, making them more susceptible to burning.

Fire managers are taking advantage of the decreased fire behavior to gather valuable local knowledge about the river channels and property ownership.

Firefighters remain focused on property protection fuelbreaks and structure protection around groups of cabins in the Richardson Clearwater and South Bank communities – efforts that were completed at Whitestone last week.

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

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place. 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.

With ongoing rain predicted through the weekend, drivers are advised to use caution and keep headlights on in areas where rain or smoke decrease visibility.

For More Information

  • Incident phone number: (208) 254-1130
  • Incident email: 2019_AKMID_OregonLakes@firenet.gov
  • Inciweb.nwcg.gov
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  • Firewise: firewise.org

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Note: There has been no updated map since 5-31-19.

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