BLM Alaska Fire Service Fire Update – Alaska Wildland Fire Information
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BLM Alaska Fire Service Fire Update – Alaska Wildland Fire Information

BLM Alaska Fire Service Fire Update – Alaska Wildland Fire Information
Rifle Helitack firefighters “cold trace” along the edge of the Main Fire (#240) on July 8, 2024, west of Ruby, Alaska. Cold trace involves carefully checking for residual heat, then extinguishing any hot spots found. Credit: Micheal Voth, BLM Rifle Helitack

On Monday at 2:00 PM there were 157 of them active wildfires across the state, with two new outbreaks in the last 24 hours. 328 so far wildfires have burned 579,648 acres in Alaska. Brief updates on the fires Monday in the BLM Alaska Fire Service conservation area.

Deep (#213) – A community meeting was held Monday evening with residents of the Lake Minchumina area to provide an update on the fire and planned operations. With cooler weather and almost an inch of rain, the Deep Fire continues to show minimal fire activity. Crow Helitack crews continued to improve existing community containment lines Tuesday as weather and firefighter safety permitted. The fire is located 6 miles southwest of the community. It is estimated to be 22,346 acres and has 8 personnel assigned to it.

Main (#240)– The Main Fire received steady rain Monday night into Tuesday morning. The fire remains hot in the northeast corner. Firefighters continued to reinforce firebreaks to protect Ruby. Structure protection measures are in place. A Rifle Helitack crew flew out to the Native plots west of the fire Monday. They “walked” along the edge of the fire, carefully checking and feeling for residual heat, extinguishing any hot spots they found. Inclement weather Tuesday prevented crews from returning to the plots, so they remained in Ruby to assist with improving the lines there. The Main Fire is located 7 miles southwest of Ruby. It is 24,537 acres. The reduction from Monday’s update is based on more accurate mapping data. Eighty-four personnel are assigned to the fire.



Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Fire Service, PO Box 35005, 1541 Gaffney Road, Fort Wainwright, AK 99703

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The Alaska Fire Service (AFS), headquartered at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services on more than 240 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities, including: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operation and maintenance of advanced communications and computer systems, such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains an $18.1 million National Incident Support Cache. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services to America’s “last frontier” on an interagency basis with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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Categories: Active Wildfire, BLM Alaska Fire Service

Tags: Deep Fire, Main Fire