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Progress toward containment of the Bitter Creek Fire still on schedule



TOK, Alaska – June 9, 2013 - Fire crews are working the northern flank of the fire to extinguish the small amount of heat that remains near the containment line.  

Additional crews are scheduled for release Monday, June 10 as long as things continue to go well.

The National Multi-Agency Coordination Group (MAC) establishes National Preparedness Levels throughout the calendar year to help assure that wildland firefighting resources are ready to respond to new incidents.  Preparedness Levels are dictated by burning conditions, fire activity, and especially resource availability.

The five Preparedness Levels range from I to V, with V being the highest level. Each Preparedness Level has specific management directions.   As the Preparedness Levels rise, more federal and state employees become available for fire mobilization if needed.

Alaska is currently at fire Preparedness Level II which means several areas in the state are experiencing high to extreme fire danger.  Wildland fire activity is increasing and large fires are occurring in one or more areas. Minimal mobilization of resources from other geographic areas is occurring.  There is moderate commitment of national resources with the potential to mobilize additional resources from other geographic areas.

Resources Committed to the Bitter Creek Fire:

  • Acreage – 2,256
  • Containment – 60%
  • Personnel - 153
  • Structures damaged - 0
  • Injuries - 0
  • Hand Crews - 6
  • Helicopters - 3
  • Engines - 1
  • Overhead personnel - 21

                                              

JUNE 8 UPDATE: Containment of the Bitter Creek Fire Predicted for June 11, 2013

TOK, Alaska  – As shown on the attached map there is still quite a bit of fireline to complete before this fire will be contained.  

Fire suppression in Alaska requires a cooperative effort.  Cooperating agencies on the Bitter Creek Fire include: Bureau of Land Management, State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Fish and Wildlife Service and various Alaska Native entities.

One fire crew was released from the fire today for some much needed rest which will allow them to get ready for the next fire.  This fire season is expected to be a long difficult season both in Alaska and in the lower 48 states.  Fortunately no firefighters have been injured on this fire so after a little rest fire crews and overhead personnel will be ready for the next fire.

Resources Committed to the Bitter Creek Fire:

  • Acreage – 2,256
  • Containment – 60%
  • Personnel - 153
  • Structures damaged - 0
  • Injuries - 0
  • Hand Crews - 6
  • Helicopters - 3
  • Engines - 1
  • Overhead personnel - 21

                                               

Additional information on the Bitter Creek Fire and others in the state can be found on the “Inciweb.org” website:  http://inciweb.org/10/

 

JUNE 7 UPDATE: Firefighters are gaining the upper hand on the Bitter Creek Fire

(Tok, AK) – firefighters received a bit of help today from light rain showers over the fire.  The fire is now estimated to be 60 percent contained with full containment possible by 6/11/13.

Alaska is still in the early days of fire season, and fuels can dry out quickly. The public is reminded to be careful with fire when recreating or working in the outdoors. Contact your local land management office for information about burn suspensions. 

Most of the fires that have burned in Alaska so far this year were caused by lightning which is a natural process.  However, 68% of wildland fires in Alaska are human-caused each year and are, therefore preventable.  We don’t need any more fire and smoke to manage this summer so please be careful with fire.

Additional information on the Bitter Creek Fire and others in the state can be found on the “Inciweb.org” website:  http://inciweb.org/10/

 

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