St. Mary’s Alaska – As of 7 AM today, June 22, the Alaska Type 2 Green Incident Management Team has transferred command of the East Fork and Apoon Pass fires to a smaller type three incident management team lead by incident commander Jeff Stark.
Yesterday, the East Fork and Apoon Pass fires saw minimal growth, with a reconnaissance flight over the East Fork Fire reporting smoke only on a small portion of the northern perimeter, well across the wilderness boundary.
Today, firefighters will continue to demobilize, with Rogue River Interagency Hotshot Crew and Lakeview Helitack remaining committed to the East Fork Fire to carry out repair of fire suppression activity and transport of firefighting equipment out of the area.
The type three incident management organization plans to remain in place on the East Fork Fire as long as necessary to provide support to St. Mary’s and the surrounding communities while the fire is still somewhat active.
Southwest wind coming from the Bering Sea has produced light rain and low clouds over the St. Mary’s area today, further moderating fire behavior for both the East Fork and Apoon Pass fires. 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.
Wildlife have been sighted throughout where the East Fork Fire has burned, and in many areas where the fire was less severe, the burned surface fuels are already making a comeback.
Continue to keep apprised of fires in the area and air quality at: https://fire.airnow.gov/ and check local smoke conditions from the Purple Air sensor based at the St. Mary’s Elementary School at: https://map.purpleair.com/1/mAQI/a10/p604800/cC0#6.32/62.003/-162.442
For More information on the East Fork and Apoon Pass Fires:
Alaska Interagency Wildfire Information Office
NEW Phone: (907) 356-5511
Statewide Fire Blog: akfireinfo.com/
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