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Saw line completed along Cleary Creek drainage – Hess Creek Fire update 7/17/19

Crews made excellent progress placing saw line from the Elliott Highway north to the Cleary Creek drainage to tie into an already burned area of the #HessCreekFire. This line will provide a solid anchor point to begin firing operations should firefighters need to conduct burnout operations along the Elliott Highway. Today, crews will likely begin […]

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Crews to start saw line operations up Cleary Creek Drainage – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/16/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity on the #HessCreekFire should warmer weather occur. Higher humidity and lower temperatures are limiting fire spread. However, because black spruce needles and branches are highly resinous and usually distributed continuously from ground to treetop, they ignite and burn easily. Black […]

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Hess Creek Fire grows to 170,293 acres – Fire Update 7/14/19

The reduction in smoke allowed operation personnel to fly the 127-mile perimeter of the #HessCreekFire on Saturday. The south edge of the fire received moisture for the second consecutive day. It continues to smolder just north of the Mercantile; slowly backing down through the hardwoods. However, the northern edge of the fire, which did not […]

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Photo shows two BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers riding in a boat looking out at the river, trees and smoky sky. Pumps and hose are in the background. Photo by Alaska Smokejumper Travis McCabe.

Oregon Lakes Fire receives significant rainfall

Start Date: April 30, 2019 Acres: 31,850 Personnel assigned: 71 Crews assigned: 2 – (Gannett Glacier & Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA) Cause: human, under investigation DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska –  With nearly an inch of rain, the Oregon Lakes Fire experienced minimal growth on Saturday. While the rain has significantly slowed fire growth, it likely […]

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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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The map for the Oregon Lakes Fire from May 11, 2019 shows no growth in the fire area for the past few days.

Community meeting scheduled to discuss plan of action on Oregon Lakes Fire

The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team has scheduled a community meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Delta Junction City Hall. Members of the team will give an update on the Oregon Lakes Fire’s progression and present their plan to initiate suppression efforts. Time will be available to answer questions about the fire. Despite Red […]

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Photo of a few puffs of smoke were seen from from the northeast corner during an evening flight on the Oregon Lakes Fire on May 9, 2019. Photo by Branden Kobayshi

Another round of Red Flag Conditions expected on the Oregon Lakes Fire today

The Alaska Incident Management Team is wrapping up its long-term strategic planning just in time to be tested by dry and windy weather forecasted to move into the Oregon Lakes Fire area for the second time since it started on April 30. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning from noon through Saturday […]

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Map of Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction on May 6, 2019.

Red flag warning issued for Tuesday as Alaska Type 2 IMT assumes command of Oregon Lakes Fire

The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for dry and windy conditions in Deltana and the Tanana Flats Tuesday, the same day the Type 2 Alaska Incident Management Team (IMT) Green Team will take over the management of the Oregon Lakes Fire. The IMT will develop short and long-term strategies to stabilize this […]

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Map of the area where the Oregon Lakes Fire is burning on the Donnelly Training Area about 11 miles south of Delta Junction on May 5, 2019.

Type 2 Incident Management Team mobilizing for Oregon Lakes Fire

Due to the unseasonable dry fuels and forecasted windy and warmer weather, an incident management team is mobilizing to strategically plan efforts on the Oregon Lakes Fire burning about 11 miles south of Delta Junction. A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) from Alaska will start assembling on Monday and take over the management of […]

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Photo of the area where the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire is burning west of the Delta River on May 4, 2019.

Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire grows to an estimated 5,000 Acres

  BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flew over the Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire southwest of Fort Greely midday Saturday and estimate the fire has grown to 5,000 acres, mostly to the northwest. Only five percent of the perimeter was actively burning, mostly smoldering along the northeast corner. It was lightly snowing during the flight. […]

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