Update 1 – Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – 2355 PT
Multiple fire agencies and contract units are being deployed to current wildfires breaking out in the State of Alaska. Here is a partial list of fires on the NIFC website. We are also including information from other sources, such as Inciweb, AK DOF, and additional platforms on Social Media.
You can see many of these wildfires are unstaffed and some are being managed as a strategy other than full suppression without a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned to the incident.
Due to so many wildfires, we will only be able to report on the largest ones over 2,000 acres, and have an assigned Type 1 or 2 IMT managing the fire. We will try to incorporate others as time allows for updates.
East Fork Fire — The East Fork Fire is located on BLM lands in the Galena Zone which originally started on FWS land, about 25 miles northeast of St. Mary’s in Alaska on May 31, 2022, in a limited protection area. The exact cause is unknown but fire officials speculate that a lightning storm passed through the area on May 30th makes the most scientific sense.
Fire behavior remains moderate with wind-driven runs, isolated torching, and flanking.
Numerous structures are under direct threat.
About 173,017 acres have been destroyed and there is no containment of this fire, it is considered an out-of-control wildfire.
There is a total of 213 personnel assigned with six crews and copters.
The AK Type 2 IMT Green Team assumed command on Saturday, June 11th due to the near numerous Native allotments, historical sites, and communities. They are also managing the Apoon Pass Fire which is about 20 miles northwest of the East Fork Fire, which this fire has consumed up to 15,000 acres of a mix of tundra, brush, and pockets of black spruce.
Cost-to-date has reached $1,000,000.
Aghaluk Mountain Fire — The Aghaluk Mountain Fire is located about 49 miles east of Aniak, Alaska in AK DOF’s southwest area. The AK Black Team, a Type 2 IMT is managing this incident.
Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal activity with smoldering as observed. However, structures are still reported as being threatened.
A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is currently in effect. Please don’t fly drones in fire zones. This will keep all firefighters and air resources safe.
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