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Firefighters working on fires near Minto, Hughes; looking for new starts from recent lightning

Eight smokejumpers, aided by two water-scooping aircraft, were able to knock down a 2-acre fire burning near Ptarmigan Hill about 7-1/2 miles northeast of Minto Saturday night. The Tractor Trail Fire (#195) is burning about 3 miles northeast of the nearest Native allotment and north of the Minto Flats. The fire was spotted by someone […]

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Focus shifts to Coal Creek Fire on the Kenai Peninsula

Lightning-caused fires on the Kenai Peninsula continue to produce visible smoke as firefighters shifted focus from the Tustumena Lake Fire to the Coal Creek Fire today. Chugachmuit’s Yukon Type 2 Initial Attack Fire Crew and the Division of Forestry’s Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew wrapped up work on the Tustumena Lake Fire, which was called […]

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Photo of three firefighters walking a protection line constructed in the Richardson Clearwater community north of the Oregon Lakes Fire on June 3, 2019.

Final daily update for Oregon Lakes Fire

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 34,499 Personnel assigned: 89 Crews assigned: 3 (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA, North Stars Type 2) Cause: human, under investigation Management of the Oregon Lakes Fire will be transferred to the BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Fire Management Zone on Monday. With the final property protection […]

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Photo of the Red Mountain Fire burning north of the Koyukuk River.

Chena Hotshots responding to mop up fire 23 miles north of Hughes

People in Allakaket will see an uptick in firefighting personnel and aircraft today when the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Interagency Hotshot Crew shuttles to the Red Mountain Fire (#166) located 39 miles to the southwest. The Chena Hotshots will take over mopping-up the lightning-caused fire, freeing eight smokejumpers for initial attack response if needed. […]

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Photo of members of the Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Fairbanks #1 hand crew that was assigned to the Oregon Lakes Fire May 17-22 to put in place protection measures on the military observation sites north of the Oklahoma Range.

Oregon Lakes Fire transitions to local Alaskan Incident Management team; FINAL UPDATE from NW Team 11

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 29,296 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – The Northwest Incident Management Team 11 (NW11) is transitioning command of the Oregon Lakes Fire to a BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 3 management team. The Alaska team will shadow NW11 team today, and […]

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Photo of Division of Forestry's Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack crew loading gear on to a boat.

Oregon Lakes Firefighters complete structure protection

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 28,770 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Cooler temperatures, decreased winds and rain showers on Tuesday reduced activity in the Oregon Lakes Fire, which showed minor growth yesterday. Some portions of the fire received .2 inches of rain, but other parts […]

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Significant growth in Oregon Lakes Fire documented

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 28,770 Personnel assigned: 128 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – High winds on Saturday and Sunday nights caused the Oregon Lakes Fire to significantly grow to the west. A lull in winds Monday allowed fire personnel to fly over the fire and verify the […]

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Oregon Lakes Fire burns west

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 19,328 Personnel assigned: 130 Crews assigned: 2 Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – Forecasted high winds on Saturday evening and Sunday brought more activity to the western edge of the Oregon Lakes Fire as the fire increased by approximately 2,000 acres. Fire is primarily consuming dry grass […]

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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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