The Mooseheart Crew with assembly points in Minto and Tanana got the honor of being the first of seven BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 2 contract crews available for the 2022 Alaska Fire Season. The crew became available to respond to wildfires on May 16 after a crew inspection in Minto on May 11, 2022. BLM AFS personnel made the drive from Fairbanks to Minto for the inspection where the crew was undergoing training.
As part of the contracts, all seven crews must undergo these inspections and be available from June 1 to Aug. 31 to enable them to quickly respond to wildfires in Alaska.
The Mooseheart Crew’s contractor, California-based Rural Metro Fire, also has the Big River Contract Crew with assembly points in Mountain Village, Saint Mary’s, Pilot Station and Marshall in Western Alaska and will undergo a similar inspection this week.
BLM AFS first awarded three Type 2 crew contracts based in rural Alaska villages for the 2020 Alaska Fire Season for quicker response to wildfires within the BLM AFS protection area, which covers 191.5 million acres in the northern half of the state. These three crews averaged 61 days on fire assignments in either Alaska or the Lower 48 in 2020 and 66 days on a fire in 2021. Three more were awarded in 2021 with one contractor, Scorched Earth Services LLC (SES Fire), adding a second crew for the 2022 season.
Other crews are:
- Paradise Crew, contracted by Fairbanks-based Tanana Chiefs Conference, with assembly points in Shageluk, Grayling, Anvik, and Holy Cross.
- Nulato Hills Wildland, contracted by Nulato Hills Enterprises, LLC in Nulato, with assembly points in Kaltag, Nulato, Koyukuk, Galena, and Ruby.
- The K-River 1 and K-River 2 fire crews contracted through SES Fire based in Huslia. These two crews have assembly points in Huslia, Hughes and Allakaket.
- The CATG Crew, contracted through the Fort Yukon-based Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, with assembly points of Arctic Village, Venetie and Fort Yukon.
The contract crews adhere to national qualifications for Type 2 hand crews and can be ordered for wildfire response in Alaska and the Lower 48.
As the season progresses, the status of the contract crews is posted on the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center’s website at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/logdisp/crews.php
Read more about these crews.
Contact BLM AFS Public Information Specialist Beth Ipsen at email@example.com or 907-356-5510 for more information.
Categories: BLM Alaska Fire Service