Alaska IMT transfers command of the East Fork Fire

June 21, 2022, Daily Update, 9:30 AM

East Fork Fire
STATS: 166,587 acres
Location: 3.7 miles northwest of St. Mary’s
Personnel: 205
Start Date: May 31, 2022
Cause: Natural, Lightning
Fuels: A mix of tundra, brush, and black spruce
% Contained: 100% of containment objective (71% of the fire)

Apoon Pass Fire
STATS: 84,138 acres
Location: 24 miles north of Mountain Village

A view of the patchy burn pattern on the East Fork Fire.
Photo by Fire Behavior Analyst John Kern.

ST. MARY’S, Alaska. – The Alaska Type 2 Green Incident Management Team is transitioning management of the East Fork and the Apoon Pass fires to a Type 3 organization led by Incident Commander Jeff Stark tomorrow, June 22 at 7 AM.

There continued to be minimal fire activity across the East Fork and Apoon Pass fires yesterday. All areas of the East Fork Fire south of the Andreafsky Wilderness have been contained. Limited areas of the fire continue a slow crawl, consuming interior pockets of fuel and creeping north into the wilderness. The increase in acreage reported on the Apoon Pass Fire today is a result of improved mapping from more recent satellite imagery, as cloud layers dissipated to allow a more comprehensive look at the fire.

Operations: Some crews are being mobilized to other priority fires across the state, while other crews continue projects on the East Fork Fire. Firefighters assess areas within the fire boundary as they look for impacts to the landscape caused by fire-fighting activities. This information will be analyzed by technical experts to create a work plan for any repair work that should be completed.

Map of the East Fork Fire and Apoon Pass Fire.
Black line around the fire perimeter indicates containment–a high level of confidence the fire will not cross that boundary.

Aerial monitoring of both the East Fork and Apoon Pass fires will take place today as the new Type 3 organization conducts a reconnaissance flight of the area. Temporary flight restrictions remain in effect (

Smoke: Continue to keep apprised of fires in the area and air quality at: and check local smoke conditions from the Purple Air sensor based at the St. Mary’s Elementary School at:

Weather: Fair weather today and throughout the week. Winds out of the southwest off the Bering Sea starting tomorrow will bring cool temperatures and cloud cover, with chance of showers on Wednesday. Conditions will start to dry out at the end of the week as a high pressure builds on Friday and Saturday. No significant weather systems are predicted.

East Fork Fire Information:

Alaska Interagency Wildfire Information Office
Phone: (907) 356-5511
Statewide Fire Blog:

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