Wildfire Sit Reps | Alaska | July 23, 2020 | AM Update

This is the Official report of Smoke Checks and Wildfires that are currently burning or have been put out on Thursday, July 23, 2020.  This is the morning update.

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========== ON-GOING WILDFIRES ==========

ISOM CREEK FIRE.  State lands. AKAKS Lead Agency. 12,139 acres. Unknown containment status. Human-caused. North Stars crews continue with rehab and hose pulling activities. Fully staffed fire.

========== MONITORED WILDFIRES ==========

There are currently 48 wildfires for a total of 35,190.5 acres that are being monitored only with some fires reported from an early time frame of May 4th until today’s date.

========== CONTAINED, OUT WILDFIRES ==========

BODENBURG FIRE.  Private property.  Started 7/5/2020. Human caused. 0.2 acres. Out 7/22/2020.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/23/2020 – 1020 PT

Alaska Quake M7.8 Rattles Area, Tsunami Alert Cancelled | 2

ALASKA QUAKE 2020

UPDATE 2 

The USGS reported a M7.8 earthquake that rattled the State of Alaska which prompted an emergency Tsunami alert has now been cancelled.

The earthquake occurred approximately 99 km (61.51 miles) SSE of Perryville, Alaska (USA) that occurred 06:12:42 (UTC) on 7/22/2020 or around 2312 PT on 7/21/2020 (West Coast time).  It would have been around 2212 AKDT.

Quake has been deemed to have been a M7.8 that is located Lat: 55.2*  N.   Lon:  158.6* W.  It is approximately 75 miles south of Chignik, Alaska that was 8 miles in depth.

TIMELINE

July 22, 2020

M5.7 – 123km SE of Sand Point, Alaska. 7/22/2020 0620 UTC. (0026 PT) 26.2 km depth.   Tsunami alert is cancelled at 0125 PT.

July 21, 2020

M7.8 – Alaska Peninsula. 105 km SSE of Perryville, Alaska.  28.0 km in depth. 2329 PT / 7/22/2020 0612 UTC. Tsunami alert issued for Alaska.

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Alaska Hit by Preliminary M7.4 Quake, Prompts Tsunami Alert | 1

ALASKA QUAKE 2020

UPDATE 1

The USGS reported a M7.8 earthquake that rattled the State of Alaska which prompted an emergency Tsunami alert.

Giving you a little prespective – Courtesy of NWS Tsunami Alerts

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The earthquake is approximately 99 km (61.51 miles) SSE of Perryville, Alaska (USA) that occurred 06:12:42 (UTC) on 7/22/2020 or around 2312 PT on 7/21/2020 (West Coast time).  It would have been around 2212 AKDT.

Quake has been deemed to have been a M7.8 that is located Lat: 55.2*  N.   Lon:  158.6* W.  It is approximately 75 miles south of Chignik, Alaska that was 8 miles in depth.

== TSUNAMI ALERT ==

A Tsunami Alert has been issued by NOAA.

ALERT #2

...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT...

Tsunami Warning in Effect for;

 * SOUTH ALASKA AND THE ALASKA PENINSULA, Pacific coasts from
   Kennedy Entrance, Alaska (40 miles SW of Homer) to Unimak
   Pass, Alaska (80 miles NE of Unalaska)

 * ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles NE of
   Unalaska) to Samalga Pass, Alaska (30 miles SW of Nikolski)

Tsunami Advisory in Effect for;

 * SOUTH ALASKA AND THE ALASKA PENINSULA, Pacific coasts from
   Cape Suckling, Alaska (75 miles SE of Cordova) to Kennedy
   Entrance, Alaska (40 miles SW of Homer)

 * ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, Samalga Pass, Alaska (30 miles SW of
   Nikolski) to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak)
   including the Pribilof Islands

For other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, 
the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated.  Further
information will be provided in supplementary messages.

PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS - UPDATED
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 * The following parameters are based on a rapid preliminary
   assessment of the earthquake and changes may occur.

 * Magnitude      7.8
 * Origin Time    2213 AKDT Jul 21 2020
                  2313  PDT Jul 21 2020
                  0613  UTC Jul 22 2020
 * Coordinates    55.2 North 158.6 West
 * Depth          8 miles
 * Location       75 miles S of Chignik, Alaska
                  520 miles SW of Anchorage, Alaska

FORECASTS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY
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 * Tsunami activity is forecasted to start at the following
   locations at the specified times.

                 FORECAST
                 START
SITE             OF TSUNAMI
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 * Alaska
Sand Point       2315 AKDT Jul 21
Unalaska         2350 AKDT Jul 21
Kodiak           0005 AKDT Jul 22
Cold Bay         0015 AKDT Jul 22
Adak             0015 AKDT Jul 22
Seward           0030 AKDT Jul 22
Valdez           0050 AKDT Jul 22
Cordova          0100 AKDT Jul 22
Saint Paul       0115 AKDT Jul 22
Homer            0125 AKDT Jul 22

OBSERVATIONS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY
--------------------------------
 * No tsunami observations are available to report.
ALERT #1
FORECASTS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY
-----------------------------
 * Tsunami activity is forecasted to start at the following
   locations at the specified times.

                 FORECAST
                 START
SITE             OF TSUNAMI
----             ----------

 * Alaska
Sand Point       2315 AKDT Jul 21
Kodiak           0005 AKDT Jul 22
Cold Bay         0015 AKDT Jul 22

OBSERVATIONS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY
--------------------------------
 * No tsunami observations are available to report.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS
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Actions to protect human life and property will
vary within tsunami warning areas.

If you are in a tsunami warning area;

 * Evacuate inland or to higher ground above and beyond
   designated tsunami hazard zones or move to an upper floor
   of a multi-story building depending on your situation.

 * Move out of the water, off the beach, and away from
   harbors, marinas, breakwaters, bays and inlets.

 * Be alert to and follow instructions from your local
   emergency officials because they may have more detailed or
   specific information for your location.

 * If you feel a strong earthquake or extended ground rolling
   take immediate protective actions such as moving inland
   and/or uphill preferably by foot.

 * Boat operators,
     * Where time and conditions permit, move your boat out to
       sea to a depth of at least 180 feet.

     * If at sea avoid entering shallow water, harbors,
       marinas, bays, and inlets to avoid floating and
       submerged debris and strong currents.

 * Do not go to the shore to observe the tsunami.

 * Do not return to the coast until local emergency officials
   indicate it is safe to do so.

IMPACTS
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Impacts will vary at different locations in the warning
areas.

If you are in a tsunami warning area;

 * A tsunami with damaging waves and powerful currents is
   possible.

 * Repeated coastal flooding is possible as waves arrive
   onshore, move inland, and drain back into the ocean.

 * Strong and unusual waves, currents and inland flooding
   can drown or injure people and weaken or destroy structures
   on land and in water.

 * Water filled with floating or submerged debris that can
   injure or kill people and weaken or destroy buildings and
   bridges is possible.

 * Strong and unusual currents and waves in harbors,
   marinas, bays, and inlets may be especially
   destructive.

 * Some impacts may continue for many hours to days after
   arrival of the first wave.

 * The first wave may not be the largest so later waves may
   be larger.

 * Each wave may last 5 to 45 minutes as a wave encroaches
   and recedes.

 * Coasts facing all directions are threatened because the
   waves can wrap around islands and headlands and into bays.

 * Strong shaking or rolling of the ground indicates an
   earthquake has occurred and a tsunami may be imminent.

 * A rapidly receding or receded shoreline, unusual waves and
   sounds, and strong currents are signs of a tsunami.

 * The tsunami may appear as water moving rapidly out to sea,
   a gentle rising tide like flood with no breaking wave,
   as a series of breaking waves, or a frothy wall of water.

RECENT QUAKE HISTORY

July 22, 2020

M5.7 – 123km SE of Sand Point, Alaska. 7/22/2020 0620 UTC. (0026 PT) 26.2 km depth.

July 21, 2020

M7.8 – Alaska Peninsula. 105 km SSE of Perryville, Alaska.  28.0 km in depth. 2329 PT / 7/22/2020 0612 UTC. Tsunami alert issued for Alaska.

July 7, 2020

M5.9 – Kodiak Island Region, Alaska – USGS

July 5, 2020

M5.5 – South of Alaska – USGS

ALASKA’S ANNUAL QUAKE HISTORY

2018

November 30, 2018

Quake hits the Anchorage area and causes a lot of serious damage to infrastructure, homes and emotional scarring in people’s lives.

3 aftershocks occur:

  • M5.1 – 11/30/2018 – 2207 AKDT – 17 miles south of Willow
  • M5.3 – 11/30/2018 – 2207 AKDT – 19 miles west of Anchorage
  • M4.5 – 11/30/2018 – 2207 AKDT – 14 miles nw of Elmendorf

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Damaged roadways on November 30th show what it looked like and how quick repairs were made – only taking 4 days. – Credit | AK DOT

“Mother Nature’s horrible dance moves threw stuff all over the place in our APD Help Desk / IT Center, among many other places. Here’s a look at it on Friday vs. the following Monday.” – Anchorage PD

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“After the earthquake, we found some structural damage in the ceiling of our APD Dispatch Center. Looks like someone up there already assessed the damage and took care of it. As you can see, they had all the necessary tools.” – Anchorage PD

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2017

July 17, 2017

M7.7 shakes near the western tip of the Aleutian Islands, Alaska with a 10km depth. Hazardous tsunmai alert issued as a possibility.  It is said to have released more energy than all Lower 48 earthquakes since 1992 combined.

2016

January 24, 2016

A M7.1 hits west of Iliamna (Southern), Alaska. No threat of tsunami is given.

April 2, 2016

 A M6.2 rattles a remote region of southeastern Alaska.

2015

In the year of 2015, the State was rocked by 1,575 earthquakes compared to its counterparts California at 130 and Oklahoma at 888.

July 26, 2015

M6.9 hits near the Aleutian Islands. No tsunami alerts for the West Coast issued.

2014

In 2014, there were 1,296 quakes compared to 191 in California and 585 in Oklahoma.

May 4, 2014

M4.5 quake rattles the area.

2013

2013 Presented Alaska with 1,329 quakes with California at 240 and Oklahoma at 103 up from the year before.

January 5, 2013

 M7.5 is approximately 106km southwest of Craig, Alaska.

2012

September 26, 2012

M6.9.

2011

September 9, 2011

M4.3. Quake hits the Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Be ready for more earthquakes

  • More earthquakes than usual (called aftershocks) will continue to occur near the mainshock.
  • When there are more earthquakes, the chance of a large earthquake is greater which means that the chance of damage is greater.
  • The USGS advises everyone to be aware of the possibility of aftershocks, especially when in or around vulnerable structures such as unreinforced masonry buildings.
  • This earthquake could be part of a sequence. An earthquake sequence may have larger and potentially damaging earthquakes in the future, so remember to: Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

What we think will happen next

According to our forecast, over the next 1 Week there is a 4 % chance of one or more aftershocks that are larger than magnitude 7.8. It is likely that there will be smaller earthquakes over the next 1 Week, with 140 to 13,000 magnitude 3 or higher aftershocks. Magnitude 3 and above are large enough to be felt near the epicenter. The number of aftershocks will drop off over time, but a large aftershock can increase the numbers again, temporarily.

More details about the earthquake forecast are provided in the section “Our detailed aftershock forecast” below.

About this earthquake and related aftershocks

So far in this sequence there have been 2 magnitude 3 or higher earthquakes, which are strong enough to be felt, and 0 magnitude 5 or higher earthquakes, which are large enough to do damage.

Our detailed aftershock forecast

The USGS estimates the chance of more aftershocks as follows: Within the next 1 Week until 2020-07-29 07:10:00 (UTC):

  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 3 or higher is > 99 %, and it is most likely that as few as 140 or as many as 13,000 such earthquakes may occur in the case that the sequence is re-invigorated by a larger aftershock.
  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 5 or higher is 98 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 130 such earthquakes may occur.
  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 6 or higher is 68 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 14 such earthquakes may occur.
  • The chance of an earthquake of magnitude 7 or higher is 18 %, and it is most likely that as few as 0 or as many as 3 such earthquakes may occur.

About our earthquake forecasts

No one can predict the exact time or place of any earthquake, including aftershocks. Our earthquake forecasts give us an understanding of the chances of having more earthquakes within a given time period in the affected area. We calculate this earthquake forecast using a statistical analysis based on past earthquakes.

Our forecast changes as time passes due to decline in the frequency of aftershocks, larger aftershocks that may trigger further earthquakes, and changes in forecast modeling based on the data collected for this earthquake sequence.

This forecast was issued: 2020-07-22 07:02:42 (UTC)

This forecast will be updated on or before 2020-07-29 07:02:42 (UTC) – USGS

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/22/2020 0125 PT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wildfire Log | WA Fire Activity | July 8, 2019

Thank you for reading our blog post!

Here is the Wildfire Log for today’s wildfire activity:

FERRY COUNTY

Smoke Check | Rose Valley | Call dispatched 2006 hours PDT. WA DNR Communications Center. Open Incident.

OLYMPIC PENINSULA 

Wildfire | Hogan Fire  | Burrows Rd on Intersection of Hogan’s Road. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and logs. (IC) Ferneyhough. Dispatched at 1000 hours. Contained at 1025 hours. Controlled at 1100 hours PDT.  In Patrol status.

A Resource Order out of the Puget Sound Interagency Comm Center has deployed resources to assist with the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE in Alaska.

SPOKANE COUNTY

Wildfire | Chase Fire  Liberty Lake. 3.8 acres. Grass, brush and timber. Call dispatched @ 1316 hours PDT.  Resources o/s at 1345 hours PDT. (IC) Shcie. Resources:  AR29, 440, 442, C6201 OH.  Open incident.

STEVENS COUNTY

Wildfire | Garden Spot Fire | Garden Spot Road. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and light timber. Dispatched call @ 1728 hours PDT. Resources on-scene @ 1728 hours PDT. (IC) AR 414. Resources:  AR108, 414, 441, 450 and 61. Open incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2105 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | AK Wildfires | July 6, 2019

Thank you for reading and following our post!  Here is the compiled list of wildfires for the State of Alaska on Saturday, July 6, 2019, for fires greater than 1,000 acres.

1  | .Bearnose Hill Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/29/2019. Lightning caused.

1,744 acres. 59 personnel.

Active fire behavior with 50 ft. flame lengths, crowning, running and spotting.  Fire fuels include spruce and hardwood mix. Fire moving to the north.

Additional crews arrived o/s today.

Incident #407.

2  | Foraker Fire – Denali National Park

Started 6/26/2019. Lightning sparked.

11,970 acres. 6 personnel.

Some fire activity on the southeast flank of the fire.

Incident #389.

3  | Boundary Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/23/2019. Lightning ignited.

15,250 acres with a 250 acre increase on 7/4/2019.  170 personnel.

Crews to engage in direct attack strategies with point protection activities on values at risk. Structure protection in and around homes north of the fire and in Northway.

Incident #362..

4  | Lloyd Mountain Fire – AK State lands

Started 6/23/2019 by lightning.

16,239 acres. 20 personnel.

Fire behavior active increased on the north and east flanks mostly with minimal growth on the interior.  Working to prep for structure protection in the north and south areas of the fire.

Incident #361.

5 | Hurst Creek Fire – AK State lands

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

39,179 acres. 6 personnel.

Air recon flight this afternoon and in the evening detected increased fire activity with running to the southwest prompting structure protection. Heliltack responded and with remain in the area. Fire has crossed the Dishna River on the northeast corner and western perimeter.

Incident #352.

6 | Chandalar River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started 6/22/2019 by lightning. 2,004 acres. Acreage increased by 177.5 since 7/4/2019. 56 personnel. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs to the east.

Incident #349

7 | Hadweenzic River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

27,161 acres. 8 personnel.

Increased fire behavior with short runs and backing. Spreading mostly to the north and east.

Incident #337.

8 | Hess Creek Fire – 29 miles SE of Steven’s Village

Nevada Type 3 Team 2 IMT take command of fire on 6/28/2019 at 0700

NV Type 3 Team 2 on 6/27/2019. | Courtesy: Inciweb

Started on State land on 6/21/2019. Lightning caused.

104,218 acres. Increased by 70,830.5 on 7/4/2019. 70 personnel.

Being managed by an IMT3.  If fire continues to grow, concerns for high assets may become threatened which include multiple structures, camps and communication equipment. Burnout operations in effect.

Incident #324.

9 | Nugget Creek Fire – 35 miles E of Fairbanks

Smoke and fire backing down the ridge to the cliffs above the Chena River.

View of fire from Chena River | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning on 6/21/2019. Located on State lands.

6,937 acres. 6 personnel.

Increased fire activity on the interior and burning at a low rate of spread with the west side more actively burning along with uphill runs and backing down the ridge. No structures threatened.

Incident #323.

10 | Shovel Creek Fire – 20 NW of Fairbanks

Crewmember from the Golden Eagles IHC serves as a lookout for crews working on Division C, on the southern flank of the fire.

Lookout keeps watch over the Shovel Creek Fire Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning began on 6/212019.

10,808 acres.  12% contained.  753 personnel.

Fire weather has been consisting of sunny skies, temps in the upper 70’s, lower RH of 38-45% range and winds that were terrain driven.

Working to secure fire perimeter along the east and north along the Chatanika River area.

Command consists of:  Deputy IC is Chris Schulte. Incident Meteorologist is Jon Bonk with Fire wx. Fire Behavior Analyst is Dana Skelly assisting with prediction for movement.

Incident #319.

11| Bergman Creek Fire – Central Yukon Field Office (BLM)

Fire started on BLM owned lands on 6/21/2019 by lightning in the Central Yukon Field Office area.

10,889 acres. 16 personnel.  Fire behavior has had minimal activity but there is still heat located on the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire.

Incident #312.

12| Black River Fire – Eastern Interior Field Office (BLM)

Fire ignited after lightning hit the area, spark this fire on BLM owned lands in the Eastern Interior Field Office’s response area.  The fire started on 6/18/2019.

24,891 acres. 47 personnel. Fire behavior is active with smoldering, creeping, running and torching.  It is burning in spruce, mixed hardwoods and tundra.

Incident #255.

13 | Yukon Charley Fire – Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (NPS)

Fire started on 6/10/2019 by lightning.

1,049 acres. 8 personnel. Air recon flight completed and fire is about 30% active with smoldering and creeping in white and black Spruce.

Incident #217.

14 | Swan Lake Fire – 5 miles NE of Sterling

Smoke plume along Sterling Highway

Smoke plume on the Swan Lake Fire 5 days ago | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire started on 6/5/2019 by lightning and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS).

92,657 acres have been destroyed.  14% contained. 400+ personnel assigned.  Fire growth on 7/4/2019.

Containment lines are holding in Divisions A, R and K. Div P had growth to the northeast.  Air fire suppression activities are primary focus.  Crews are continuing to maintain mop up operations north of the Homer Electric transmission line and along the East Fork Moose River. Night shift is patrolling the Sterling Hwy for smoke conditions which AK State Troopers are monitoring and providing traffic control when heavy smokey conditions arise for traffic on the Hwy.

Incident #181.

15 | McArthur Creek Fire – AK State lands

Fire started on 5/21/2019 by lightning.  15,000 acres. 12 personnel assigned. Air recon flight on 7/5/2019 showing high fire growth on the west side of the fire.

Incident #133.

Fire Stats – Current AK Fires Burning

There were 5 new wildfires that occurred within the last 24 hours that were under 1 acre  Four of the 5 were human caused. 1 was undetermined and reached a total of destroyed 40 acres. 9 personnel are still assigned to the incident.

There are 20 wildfires that are fully staffed and have a total of 375,620 acres that have been destroyed while there are 94 being monitored for a total of 299,412 acres. 1 of the fires has been put out. There are 2 RX fires for a total of 13,615 acres.  The grand total of acres destroyed has reached an all-time high of 688,688.

Of the 374 wildfires, 190 were human caused while 181 were lightning caused for a total of 681,708 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1900  hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s Swan Lake Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 – June 28, 2019 – Friday

Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

INCIDENT SUMMARY.    A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be burning inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This was a lightning caused fire that began on June 5th around 1852 hours AKDT.   About 56,200 acres have been destroyed but fire crews are inching closer to a higher containment, now said to be 10%.

CALL 9-1-1 OR 800-237-3633 |  Report a Wildfire

FIRE STATUS.  Fire behavior is currently actively burning with group torching, single-tree torching and spotting.  Structures are still under threat.

RESOURCES.  530 total personnel along with 15 crews, 12 engines and 6 helicopters.  Command is under the direction of an AK IMT.

Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS.    The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

Cost-to-Date:  There has been a total cost-to-date of $4.5 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2200 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: State of Alaska Afire

It appears that the State of Alaska is completely on fire or it seems like it as at the time of this posting, Fire Managers were reporting a total of 130 wildfires burning in their state.

We are going to try to cover most of these and grouping them together.  For larger incidents, we will be covering them on an individual basis.  According to information recently released, they have fires that are staffed and not staffed.

Due to the high number of 130 wildfires, we will be posting fires with total acreage of 100-2,499 acres here and all other fires above 2,500 will have their own updates under their respective fire names.

100 – 500 Acres

Tower Fire | Started 6/14/2019. Human caused. On DOD owned properties. 105.3 acres.

Sango Creek Fire | Started 6/20/2019 by lightning. 128.4 acres. Monitored fire.

Takslesluk Lake Fire | Started 6/22/2019. Lightning. Burning in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. 178 acres. Monitored fire.

North Fork Buckland River 1 Fire | BLM lands in Anchorage Field Office. Started 6/20/2019. Lightning caused. 200 acres. Monitored fire.

Page Mountain Fire | State lands. Started 6/22/2019 by lightning. 200 acres. Monitored fire.

Wolf Creek Mountain Fire | On the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Started 6/18/2019 by lightning. 200 acres. Monitored fire.

Noatak River Fire | Started 6/20/2019. Noatak National Preserve. Lightning caused. 289.5 acres. Monitored fire.

 Cariboo Creek Fire | Started 6/16/2019 by lightning. On AK State lands. 310 acres. No increase in acreage since 6/25/2019.  Current fire behavior is minimal with creeping.  159 personnel are still assigned to this incident.

Little Mud River Fire | Burning in the Nowita National Wildlife Refuge. Lightning caused. Started on 6/21/2019. 400 acres. Monitored fire.

Victoria Mountain Fire | Started 6/22/2019 by Lightning on BLM lands. 500 acres. Monitored fire.

501 – 999 Acres

Koyuk River Fire | Started 6/20/2019. Lightning. State lands. 600 acres. No increase in acreage since 6/20/2019. Heavy amounts of rain fell over the fire line.

Nugget Creek Fire | Started 6/21/2019. Burning on State lands. Lightning caused. 665 acres. Fire monitored from air and ground. Structure protection in place for AK State Parks structures and on private properties.

 Kateel River Fire | Located on BLM lands in the Anchorage Field Office area. Caused by lightning. 685 acres. 70% contained. Fire behavior reported as active with running and is wind-driven.  Burning in Black Spruce and tundra. Monitored fire.

1,501 – 2,499 Acres

Buckland Fire | Fire ignited by lightning on 6/19/2019.  Located on BLM lands managed by the Anchorage Field Office.  There has been no increase in acreage since 6/25/2019.  1,541 total acres burned. 8 personnel assigned.  Smoke jumpers are still attached to this incident and working to gain 100% containment through fire suppression objectives.

Shovel Creek Fire | Started 6/21/2019 by lightning. 1,622 acres. State owned property. 245 personnel assigned. Fire behavior is active with spotting, and uphill into another burn scar. Increase in acreage expected into the night.

Lloyd Mountain Fire | Started 6/23/2019 by lightning on State lands.  1,800 acres with fire behavior reported as active with spotting.  Monitored fire.

NinetyEight Creek Fire | Started 6/26/2019 by Lightning. 1,800 acres on DOD lands.

Buckland 3 Fire | Started 6/19/2019. Lightning caused. 2,338 acres (owned by BLM). Monitored fire.

We appreciate you reading our posts, following us here on our Official Fire Blog and on Social Media, as well as providing feedback. – Big Thank you! – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2330 hours PDT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wildfire Log: Alaska’s 11 New Wildfires

UPDATE 1 | Thursday, June 27, 2019

The State of Alaska has definitely seen their share of wildfires and we are just getting starting for the Summer season.  They are currently facing extremely dry conditions and prime for fire conditions.

As of Wednesday, these fires were sparked by various ignitions from lightning to human-caused.

Currently, there are 130 wildfires burning in the State.  We will cover them in groups when they are NEW starts and breaking them down by their names if they become large incidents.

Here are the 11 newest wildfires in the State of Alaska:

#1 | Stuart Creek 2 Fire | Lightning caused. On DOD property. 3 acres.  Fire behavior is smoldering and creeping.  No structures at risk. 0% containment status.  This is the 2nd fire in the area this month.

'People traveling the Chena Hot Springs Road may see smoke coming from a 4-acre fire burning in the Yukon Training Area about 15 miles south of Two Rivers. Until today, the #TowerFire hasn't been very active since it was discovered on June 16. BLM AFS will continue to monitor the fire as it burns in dead and down trees from a 2013 fire. There will be no suppression action because it is burning within the Stuart Creek Impact Area, a military training area that is off-limits to low-flying fire suppression aircraft and firefighters on the ground.This photo was taken the evening of June 20, 2019.'

Stuart Creek Fire 1. | Credit: AK DNR / DOF

Stuart Creek Fire 1:  The first Stuart Creek Fire was burning within the Stuart Creek Impact Area, a military training area that is off-limits to low flying fire suppression aircraft and to ground fire personnel.

Fire History:  July 3, 2013.  Located out of the City of Fairbanks. A 40,000 acre wildfire was sparked by the U.S. Army and leading to multiple evacuations.

#2 | Biderman Bluff Fire | Started by lightning. 15 acres. Located in the Charley Rivers National Preserve. Fire behavior is very active with creeping, backing with single-tree torching with 20′ flame lengths.  Rate of spread is low in the north but has a high potential rate of spread as it is burning Spruce. 0% containment status.

#3 | Ninetyeight Creek Fire | Lightning caused. Located on DOD land and northwest of the Salcha River. 60 acres. 0% containment. 18 total personnel.  Fire behavior is very active with running, torching and a high rate of spread. 26 smoke jumpers along a hotshot crew were deployed and air support made several water drops. There is a an order for additional personnel. Fire officials state that local boat have been contracted to move fire personnel and equipment in and out of the fire perimeter. Structure protection is in effect as the fire was moving towards cabins.

Fire Map of the Ninetyeight Creek Fire | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

#4 | Beaver Fire | Lightning caused. Located on DOD property. 50 acres. 20% contained.  Active fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and backing with group torching.  Burning in Black Spruce, tundra, grass and brush.

#5 | Foraker Fire | Lightning caused. Located in Denali National Park.  136 acres with 10% containment.   Fire behavior is active with creeping and backing.  On the north flank, it is active with isolated torching.  Southern flank is burning in open Black Spruce terrain.

Fire History:  2009.  Located in Denali National Park. The area suffered a serious wildfire that severely burned the area that it took almost a full year (2010) to grow back habitat in the area. 

#6 | Hemmer Road Fire | Human caused. Located on State land on Hemmer Road.  Fire was reported as burning along the side of the road. 2 USFS engines responded to the fire, where 3 small fires were discovered in grass.  All 3 fires were put out.  FIU investigated but the cause is still undetermined. Unsure if they are still investigating the cause. 0.1 acre.

#7 | Panoramic Fields 2 Fire | State lands. USFS reported a smoke column in a field.  The fire spotted was determined to be a .5 acre and burning in Black Spruce.  Spotting into the next field was observed.  Helicopter 230 and 3 USFS engines responded along with Hooper Bay Power Squad.  Additional air support from Air Attack 35E and FB 208 and 209 along with 230 assisted with fire suppression. FB 230 worked on containment with bucket drops and with the aid of 2 scoopers.  Mutual aid resources also responded from Rural Deltana VFD (tenders), Fort Greely FD (brush truck) and ground resources.  Fire crews were able to gain 100% containment. Fire watch will continue throughout the night into Friday.  Cause is undetermined.

#8 | Whistle Hill Fire | This wildfire was determined to be a human-caused fire that was called into the Fire Marshal’s Office of a burned area on the side of the highway near Whistle Hill Road.  1 USFS Engine responded. There was proof that a 2×2′ sized area had been burned.  Fire was quickly contained, controlled and put out at 1526 hours.

#9 | Twilight Creek Fire | On BLM lands in the Central Yukon Field Office.  Lightning caused. 3 acres. Unstaffed fire. Called in by air recon.

#10 | Glenwood Fire | Private lands. A structure fire spread into wildland interface. Less than one acre was burned after it burned about an 15×15 foot area that was quickly contained and controlled by firefighters at 1336 hours.

#11 | North of 379 Fire | New start near the CHRISTIAN RIVER FIRE that is located on lands managed by the Venetie Indian Affairs and Neets Ai Corporation.  Discovered by air recon flight.  Less than one acre fire. Unknown if fire is staffed or unstaffed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2230 hours PDT

 

 

The Wildfire Log: AK DOF’s Swan Lake Fire

UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday

Credit: BLM Fire Service

Additional Type 1 and Type 2 crews are bolstering efforts to establish control lines on the eastern edge of the Swan Lake Fire.

Type 1 and 2 crews en route to establish control lines on the East flank of fire.  Credit: AK Fire PIOs

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning on the Kenai Peninsula, about 6 miles northeast of Sterling, Alaska. The fire is also said to be inside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

About 32,300 acres of timber and short grass has already been destroyed.

The fire was ignited by lightning  on June 5th, around 1852 hours AKDT or 1952 hours PDT.

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Fire crews have gained a 9% containment status.

FIRE STATUS

Fire behavior has been reported as active with flanking, group torching and short-range spotting.   The fire is mostly being carried by Black Spruce, while minimum activity has been spotted in hardwood fuels.

There is a 40-50% mortality in Spruce stands.

TRAFFIC ALERT | Sterling Highway has very low visibility and poor air quality.

You will be seeing these signs on the Sterling Highway. | Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

RESOURCES

  • Personnel:  Total of 379 fire personnel.
  • Assets:  11 crews including Yukon and 5 NW Hotshots (Winema Hotshots, Wolf Creek Hotshots and Lakeview Hotshots), 8 engines and 5 helicopters.
  • Command:  AK IMT.
  • Incident Cooperators:  Kenai Pen OEM, AK DOT, AK State Troopers, Homer Electric Association, Granite Construction, BLM AK Fire Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Air Resources:  Aircraft are dipping out of Silak and Hidden Lakes.

AK Governor Mike Dunleavy thanks all first responders and firefighters for protecting homes,, businesses, and residents.    Courtesy: Gov Dunleavy

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Transmission Lines

Homer Electric Association has de-energized a 115,000 volt transmission line to help reduce potential starts, as temps rise and dry conditions continue in the fire prone area.

FIRE FACT | Wildfires can create their own Fire Weather.

Credit: NWS Anchorage

Recreation Areas

Heavy smoke is pouring over the Sterling Highway.  Though the roadway is open, many recreations areas are now closed along the highway.

The Swan Lake Fire in Images:

Canadian Air Scoopers. | Credit: Swan Lake Fire PIO

Crews continue prep work on June 18, 2019.   Credit: BLM AK Fire Service

Crews continue firing operations to secure line on June 19, 2019. Credit: AK Forestry.

Heavy fog and smoke caused delays on the Sterling Highway on June 21.

A trail of traffic backs up on the Sterling Hwy due to a thick layer of smoke fog hangs in the air.                   Credit: AK Fire PIOs

Damage Assessments

The fire is currently threatening homes, private properties, the community of Sterling and the highway, utility right-of-ways and infrastructure, along with natural gas pipeline and infrastructure.  Additionally, it is causing a threat against shelter cabins and a Moose Research Center.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $3.4 Million for fire suppression and containment expenses.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2015 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | Alaska Fires | 1

STATE OF ALASKA

Update 1 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019 – 2035 PDT

LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE (#221)

The LAKE MINAKOKOSA FIRE is located about 50 miles east of Kobuk, Alaska.

The wildfire was knocked down after effective drops from water-scooping Fire Boss aircraft and extensive work completed by the smokejumpers on the north end of the lake.  The fire is said to have started at a construction work site and where smokejumpers are working to contain the fire.

There is an estimated 15 acres of tundra and sparse spruce trees burning.  They are expecting the fire to be fully contained in a few days.

KUYUKUTUK FIRE (#224)

BLM firefighters responded today to a new wildfire located 17 miles north of Russian Mission.  Aircraft from the BLM AFS Galena Fire Management Zone sent an aircraft to check out the possible fire. Once the crew arrived, they observed the fire active and burning through tundra.

Photo of the Kuyukutuk Fire (#224) is burning in tundra about 17 miles north of Russian Mission and Marshal on June 10, 2019. It is estimated to be 15 acres in size.

The Kuyukutuk Fire | Credit: Tony Chapman of the BLM AFS team

Two fire bosses and eight smokejumpers whom just completed fire suppression on nearby DARBY MOUNTAINS FIRE about 15 miles northwest of Koyuk were diverted to this wildfire.  Smokejumpers arrived around 1500 hours.

Fire PIO is unsure if there are any structures or other high value risks in the area.

They are  being managed with a strategy other than a Type 1 or 2 IMT assigned:

NORTH RIVER FIRE

The NORTH RIVER fire is burning in the Galena Zone on Bureau of Land Management or known as BLM on their lands, about 38 miles NE of Koyuk.  Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing.

SWAN LAKE

The SWAN LAKE fire is burning in lands managed by the Alaska Department of Forestry or AK DOF in the Kenai-Kodiak Area, about 12 miles NE of Sterling.  Active fire behavior is with group torching, flanking and backing.  There has been 2,547 acres of timber and short grass burned.  There is a 0% containment status at the time of this posting.

HOW TO REPORT A WILDFIRE | Call 9-1-1 or 800-237-3633.

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