Firefighters have wrapped up work on three lightning-caused wildfires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest protection area around Bethel, Dillingham and McGrath..
The White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew is scheduled to be demobilized from the Scow Harry Creek Fire (#243) on Tuesday after spending the past two days gridding the 24-acre fire for hot spots. The 20-man crew found and extinguished 14 hot spots during the past two days. That fire was started by lightning on June 13 and is located 14 miles north of the village of Nikolai.
Nineteen firefighters were demobilized from the Chulitna River Fire (#237) on Monday after completing a full grid of the 43-acre fire approximately 135 miles northeast of Dillingham and 16 miles north of Nondalton. The fire was called contained at 8:30 p.m. Sunday and was declared out at 4 p.m. Monday. The fire started on June 12.
Six firefighters were transported off the Kisarlik River Fire (#245) Monday after completing work on the 81.5-acre fire approximately 30 miles northeast of Bethel. That fire started on June 13 and was declared controlled at 2 p.m. Monday and put in monitor status.
Those three fires were among more than 20 new wildfires that were ignited by lighting in the Southwest Area during the past two weeks but they were the last three fires that were staffed by firefighters. There are still 20 active fires that the Division of Forestry is monitoring but most of those are in Limited protection areas and do not pose a threat. Monitoring schedules are based on defined time frames, but are dependent on available resources, and weather conditions. When monitoring occurs, information will be updated.