- 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.
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. **