Final daily update for Oregon Lakes Fire

  • Start Date: April 30, 2019
  • Acres: 34,499
  • Personnel assigned: 89
  • Crews assigned: 3 (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Stars Type 2)
  • Cause: human, under investigation

Management of the Oregon Lakes Fire will be transferred to the BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Fire Management Zone on Monday. With the final property protection lines scheduled to be completed in the Richardson Clearwater community over the next several days, and with fire behavior limited to creeping and smoldering, the fire will be placed in monitor status. Firefighters have left in place structure protection equipment to allow quick response for suppression action if needed. The work completed over the past several weeks will also serve to protect the private homes and both state timber and recreational values into the future.

Photo of three firefighters walking a protection line constructed in the Richardson Clearwater community north of the Oregon Lakes Fire on June 3, 2019.
From left to right, North Star Type 2 Fire Crew Superintendent Ben Ferguson, Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Superintendent Bryan Quimby and Safety Officer Larry Dorshorst walk one of the protection lines in the Richardson Clearwater community on June 3, 2019. Photo by Maggie Demers, BLM AFS

Fire managers will continue to use aerial monitoring to determine if any future suppression actions are required. If the fire behavior increases and moves to the north, fire managers will be able to coordinate suppression efforts based on the strategic plans that take into account the values at risk including military assets, state timber and recreational values, private homes, and the impact of smoke on the communities of Delta Junction, Salcha, North Pole and Fairbanks.

Because it is still early in the fire season, expect the fire to become more active and produce smoke once conditions become warm and dry. Smoke from several areas were visible yesterday in the areas of the fire where black spruce and hardwoods are dense.

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 aircraft or drones of any kind. Drones pose a serious risk to firefighting and can cause aircraft to be grounded. The public is reminded that “If you fly, we can’t!”

Weather Forecast: A thermal trough remains across the Interior north of the fire. Unstable conditions will continue with increasing chances of thunderstorms and showers over the fire over the next couple days. Near Red Flag Conditions will continue during the afternoon and evening hours as relative humidity values fall to the mid-20s and temperatures will be in the mid-60s to lower 70s.

** This is the last daily update unless there is a significant change in activity on the Oregon Lakes Fire. For more information, continue to use the 2019_akmid_OregonLakes@firenet.gov and (208) 254-1130 or contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511. **

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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