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Chinook Winds increase Oregon Lakes Fire activity

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 17,465 Personnel assigned: 151 Crews assigned: 4 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – After several days of low fire behavior, high winds from the south increased activity of the Oregon Lakes Fire Saturday night. The fire expanded along the western perimeter, but has not moved northward. Smoke […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire equipment delivered by helicopter, boat and parachute

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 16,871 Personnel assigned: 152 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighting equipment has been delivered by helicopters, boats and parachutes to Oregon Lakes Fire crews in the Whitestone Farms, South Bank and Richardson Clearwater River communities. Five pallets of equipment were delivered, and each […]

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Oregon Lakes Firefighters inserted in communities to begin structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 16,871 Personnel assigned: 152 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Firefighter crews from the Oregon Lakes Fire have arrived in the Whitestone Farms, Southbank and Richardson Clearwater River communities. Additional equipment will be air-dropped today. Crews will begin structure protection today and also look […]

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Oregon Lakes firefighters transition to structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 16,871 Personnel assigned: 152 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Mop up activities along the primary fireline west of Delta Junction have been finalized and firefighters are transitioning to structure protection in the Whitestone, Southbank and Richardson Clearwater communities. Fire Managers and representatives from […]

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Mop up efforts continue on Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 15,173 Personnel assigned: 166 Crews assigned: 6 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Moderate to active fire behavior was observed along parts of the west perimeter during the warmest part of the day, but minimal activity was noted elsewhere. Slightly cooler temperatures and winds from the north […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire was active on the west flank on the Kansas Lake Impact Area on May 20, 2019. Photo by Karen Scholl, Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team

Northwest Team 11 assumes command of Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 15,173 Crews assigned: 6 Personnel assigned: 16 Cause: human, under investigation Type 2 Northwest (NW) Team 11 assumed command of the Oregon Lakes Fire today as the Alaska team completed a two week assignment and returned home to prepare for additional fires which may develop this summer. Alaskan firefighting […]

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Photo of firefighters from the Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Fairbanks #1 crew get their gear ready to eventually shuttle to the fireline on May 17, 2019. Pictured are, from left to right, Christopher Wright, Mandy Cadzow, Khrystian Simon, Glen Duncan with Blaine Amory and Jayton Titus in back.

Firefighters take advantage of cooler weather on Oregon Lakes Fire

While firefighters continue strengthening the firebreak along the northern edge of the Oregon Lakes Fire, fire managers are considering burning farther west and east to reduce the chances the fire will spread north as the summer progresses.  Firefighters are taking advantage of the cooler temperatures today to concentrate on fortifying firebreaks in anticipation warmer, drier […]

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Looking west from the east end of the containment line, a line of retardant runs diagionally from th Lester Line (not pictured) to slow the movement of the fire while firefighters strengthen fuel breaks such as the winter trail pictured to the left. Smoke is visible from another burn operation on the west end of the containment line on May 16, 2019.

Showers calm Oregon Lakes Fire

A shot of moisture calmed fire activity on the Oregon Lakes Fire yesterday as firefighters continue to extend and strengthen firebreaks ahead of the fire. Firefighters working in the northwest corner of the fire west of Douglas Creek experienced rain and even hail that halted an evening burn operation. The fire area received only about […]

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Photo of members of the Division of Forestry's Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew wait for their turn to shuttle to the fireline on May 15, 2019.

Firefighters continue to strengthen line on Oregon Lakes Fire

The Oregon Lakes Fire more than doubled in size after thundercells moved in with gusty winds that merged the fire and burn operation together last night. The fire is now outside the impact area, but is still south of the winter trail and shear line, the existing fuel breaks that firefighters have been utilizing. The […]

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Photo of the White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew ignited a burnout along the containment line headed west Tuesday evening. Work is continuing to fortify this burned area. Photo by Evan Sterling, Fire Medic.

Burn operations continue on Oregon Lakes Fire

Firefighters took advantage of northerly winds that pushed smoke and flames south toward the Oregon Lakes Fire while conducting a burnout Tuesday evening. Work will continue today to fortify this new burned area. Aided by heavy equipment, crews will extend the line farther west past Douglas Creek. The goal is to remove the burnable vegetation […]

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