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Alaska Fire Report June 8

What is AICC?
AICC stands for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. AICC is the Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC - see "Term of the Day" on page 4 for definition) for Alaska. The AICC is one of 11 regional GACCs in the nation. AICC serves as the focal point for initial attack resource coordination, logistics support, and predictive services for all state and federal agencies involved in wildland fire management and suppression in Alaska. In addition, AICC is the focal point for coordinating and providing support for all-hazard emergency response activities for Federal landholding agencies in Alaska and for providing support to Alaska BLM for non-emergency resource activities. The AICC is located at Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks.

Fire Weather

Thunderstorms yesterday caused 1,178 lightning strikes. Most were concentrated in the northern portion of the state, with scattered strikes along the Brooks Range, central interior and southwest areas. The storms were wet, and few fires were reported.
Today, more thunderstorms are expected north of the Alasksa Range, and these storms will likely be wet. Temperatures across much of the Interior will be 60-70 degrees, and relative humidity 25-40 percent. In the Upper Yukon, temperatures will be higher, 70-80 degrees, and the relative humidy lower, 14-25 percent.

For additional details on fire weather see the AICC weather page at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/weather.php. For a look at Alaska's 7 day fire potential, see http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/weather/outlooks/Fire_Potential.html.

Fire Summary

Alaska remains at Preparedness Level 4. This means that multiple geographic units within Alaska are experiencing fire starts and there are several large, staffed fires. Level 4 also reflects the number of in-state and out of state resources required. Currently, 85 fires are active statewide, 15 are staffed, and a significant number of Alaskan, Canadian and Lower-48 resources are committed.

Eight new fires were reported to the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Monday. Of the new fires, 5 were lightning-caused, 2 were human-caused, and the cause of 1 was undetermined. The fires ranged in size from one-tenth of an acre to 6 acres. Four fires are being suppressed, 3 are being monitored and 1 was declared out.

With 85 active fires burning, fire management personnel are assessing fires throughout Alaska and primarily evaluating them for structure and Native Allotment protection. Due to the number of fires burning, fire narratives are not being repeated here, but are in the
AICC Situation Report (http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf).

For additional information about a specific fire, please call the Joint Information Center at (907) 356-5511, or consult InciWeb (www.inciweb.org). News releases for individual fires are being posted to the AICC Newsroom.

According to AICC, so far this year 322 fires have burned 546,672 acres statewide. A map of "Statewide Fires" is at: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/maps.php. For more information about each of the new fires and ongoing fires statewide, please consult the AICC Situation Report.

Fires of Note

APPLEGATE FIRE (roughly 25 miles NE of Manley Hot Springs): 17,446 acres, 158 personnel, 0% contained. Creeping and smoldering. Mop up and patrolling around structures continue.

CASCADEN RIDGE (roughly 12 miles SW of Livengood): 15,178 acres, 75 personnel, 0% contained. Smoldering and creeping. Cold trailing and mop up continue.

CHITANATALA (roughly 26 miles SSE of Tanana): 25,715 acres, 85 personnel, 0% contained. Creeping and smoldering. Plumbing and lining continue around structures.

DELTA COMPLEX (roughly 20 miles N of Delta Junction): 27,546 acres, 50% contained, 548 personnel. 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. Smoldering and creeping. Mop up, structure protection and containment efforts continue.

EAGLE TRAIL FIRE (roughly ½ mile S of Tanacross): 18,020 acres, 792 personnel, 28% contained. Smoldering and creeping. Patrolling, structure protection and mop up continue.

EKLUTNA FIRE (roughly 37 miles NE of Anchorage): 1,693 acres, 75 personnel, 40% contained. Smoldering and creeping. Hazard tree felling and mop up continue. Lakeside Trail closed.

TOKLAT 2 FIRE (roughly 25 miles SW of Nenana): 6,106 acres, 98 personnel, 1% contained. Smoldering and creeping. Structure protection ongoing.

TURQUOIS LAKE (roughly 15 miles SW of Farewell): 95,616 acres. Ground fire and interior smokes. Daily monitoring.

Fire Information Contacts
A Joint Information Center (JIC) is located at the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. The phone number is (907) 356-5511. In addition to the JIC, several fires have incident specific information officers:
· Tok (Eagle Trail Fire): Information (907) 883-6200
· Delta Junction (Delta Complex): Information (907) 895-7472
· McGrath (Turquoise Lake Fire): Gary Lenhausen (907) 524- 0040
· Palmer (Eklutna Lake Fire): Matt Weaver (907) 761-6375

Additional Information Sites:· InciWeb http://www.inciweb.org/

· National Park Service information: Denali: http://www.nps.gov/dena/parkmgmt/currentfireinfo.htm

Yukon-Charley: http://www.nps.gov/yuch/parkmgmt/currentfireinfo.htm

Highway Travel
Travelers on the Elliot Highway will encounter the Cascaden Ridge Fire between Livengood and the Minto turnoff and the Applegate Fire between the Minto turnoff and Eureka.

Those travelling the Alaska Highway will find the Eagle Trail Fire near Tanacross. Both highways are OPEN; however, firefighters are working in these areas, and there may be intermittent traffic delays. Drivers should not stop within burned areas and should drive with extreme caution due to smoke and firefighter traffic.

Smoke from wildland fires may impact many other roads and highways in Alaska. In stretches of low visibility, drivers should reduce their speed and keep headlights on. Check for highway updates at http://511.alaska.gov.

Aviation Awareness

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) are in place over some of Alaska's fires. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMS ( http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html ). TFRs are now in place for the Toklat 2, Gilles Creek, Big Swede, Upper Gerstle, South Fork Healy, Eagle Trail, and Eklutna Fires. Pilots are requested to report new fires to the nearest FSS or ATC facility. Pilots, please keep airspace safe by staying 5 nautical miles away from ALL wildland fires as there may be fire aircraft working in the area.

Alaska Fire Photos

Through the courtesy of agency and private photographers, numerous photographs of Alaska's 2010 fires are now available to view in an online album. These photos are available for public use, but please give appropriate credit to the photographer. More photos will be periodically added to the album, so check back often to see what is new. If you have photos you would like added to the album and made available for public use, please email them along with your name, photo date, and photo location to the Joint Information Center at alaskajic@gmail.com.
Here is the link to the fire photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com/112287603303033793348/2010JICWebShare

Wildland Fire Smoke

Smoke from wildland fires can be both a nuisance and a health hazard. Important information about smoke and air quality can be found at these links:

· AK Department of Environmental Conservation smoke information http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/smokemain.htm

· AK Department of Environmental Conservation Air Quality Advisories/ Alerts: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm

· Fairbanks North Star Borough Smoke Visibility/ Air Quality: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality and http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/Docs/ParticulateLevels.pdf

Additional References
· Alaska Interagency Coordination Center: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/

o Map of Current Fires: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/maps.php
o Situation Report: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf
o National Fire Situation: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf
o Guide to Wildland Fire Suppression in AK: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/psa/Media%20Guide%20to%20AK%20Wildland%20Fire%20Suppression.pdf

· Alaska Division of Forestry (Burn Permit Info): http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn/

· Alaska Wildland Fire Coordinating Group- Education and Reference Materials: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/administration/awfcg.php

· Search for "Rural Alaska Fire Prevention Video" www.youtube.com

· Protect your home and property!: http://firewise.org/ and http://forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/firewise09.pdf

· Department of Environmental Conservation (Smoke Concerns): http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/smoke.htm

· Department of Transportation (Road Closure Info): (907) 451-2240, http://511.alaska.gov/

· National Parks Service: http://www.nps.gov/akso/Fire/firehome.htm

· U.S. Fish and Wildlife: http://www.fws.gov/fire/

· USDA Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/

· Anchorage Fire Department: www.muni.org/fire

· National Weather Service: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

· Temporary Flight Restriction Information: http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html

· Federal Aviation Administration: http://www.faa.gov/

AICC Morning Highlights is compiled by Alaska Division of Forestry, BLM Alaska Fire Service and the AICC Joint Information Center.

FIRE TERM OF THE DAY
Geographic Area Coordination Center (GACC): The physical location of an interagency, regional operation center for the effective coordination, mobilization and demobilization of emergency management resources.
See additional fire terms in the Glossary of Wildland Fire Terminology


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