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AICC Morning Highlights June 17 Alaska Wildfires


Aviation Awareness
Pilots, please keep airspace safe by staying 7 nautical miles away from ALL wildland fires as there may be fire aircraft working in the area. Despite moderated fire activity statewide, diligence in keeping airspace safe around wildland fires continues to be of utmost importance. Moderated fire activity allows the aerial fire focus to shift to the demobilization of personnel and supplies, using both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Four Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are in place over fires: Eagle Trail, Gilles Creek, Big Swede and Brooks Creek. Pilots please check NOTAMS (http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html). As temperatures slightly warm into the weekend, winds lead to drier conditions, and lightning occurs, new fires are inevitable. Pilots are asked to report new fires to the nearest FSS or ATC facility.

Fire and Weather
No lightning strikes were recorded anywhere in the state Wednesday. Current and predicted fire weather information is available at: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/weather.php

Fire Summary

Three new fires were reported the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Wednesday; a one-acre, lightning-caused fire in the Galena Zone and three .1-acre (or less) human-caused fires in the Fairbanks Areas. Statewide, 84 fires are active and eight are staffed.

Fire narratives are provided in the AICC Situation Report:
http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf

News releases for individual fires are being posted to the AICC Newsroom located at:
http://fire.ak.blm.gov/newsroom.php

So far this year 381 fires have burned 852,758 acres statewide. Alaska is at Preparedness Level 3. A map of "Statewide Fires" is at: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/maps.php.

Staffed Fires of Note
DELTA COMPLEX (roughly 20 miles N of Delta Junction): 27,518 acres, 274 personnel, 100% contained. This complex is composed of the Gilles Creek Fire, the Big Swede Fire, the Healy River Fire, the South Fork Healy Fire, and the Upper Gerstle Fire. The Gilles Creek Fire received some precipitation. Infra Red images showed 14 hot spots in and around the perimeter of Big Swede. Mop-up continues on both fires, along with gridding and rehab.

APPLEGATE (roughly 25 miles NE of Manley Hot Springs): 17,446 acres, 5 personnel, 40% contained. Fire activity was minimal Wednesday. Personnel are being demobilized and equipment continues to be removed from the Manley staging area.

EAGLE TRAIL (roughly ½ mile S of Tanacross): 17,934 acres, 306personnel, 86% contained. For most current news release see: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/flash/061710%20Eagle%20Trail%20Fire%20Update.pdf

TOKLAT 2 (roughly 25 miles SW of Nenana): 188,807 acres, 33 personnel, 2% contained. Aerial resources conducted crew shuttles, backhaul and supply distribution on Wednesday. Two boat patrols continue to monitor fire behavior and evaluate structure protection operations. A small reduction in resources will continue to take place.

BROOKS CREEK (roughly 16 miles SW of Livengood): 145 acres, 5 personnel, fire received precipitation and was contained on Wednesday.


AICC Morning Highlights is compiled by Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service

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