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
Firefighters from the Slide Mountain Crew of the North Lake Tahoe Fire District in Nevada build a firebreak west of Ruby, Alaska, as part of their mission to tackle the Main Fire (#240) on July 9, 2024. SOURCE: Slide Mountain Crew

On Wednesday at 2:00 PM there were 156 of them active wildfires statewide, with one new outbreak in the past 24 hours. 328 so far wildfires have burned 582,837 acres in Alaska. Brief updates on the wildfires Wednesday from the BLM Alaska Fire Service.

Deep (#213) – The Deep Fire has received over an inch of rain over the past 24 hours with continued overcast skies. Crow Helitack crews will continue community protection projects Wednesday as well as removing equipment from areas no longer considered at risk. Firefighters will continue to conduct reconnaissance operations to assess areas between the fire edge and structures, subject to safe weather conditions. The fire is located 6 miles southwest of the community of Lake Minchumina. It is estimated to be 22,346 acres and has 8 personnel assigned to the fire.

Main (#240)– Firefighters continued to construct firebreaks around the Ruby community Wednesday, following previously identified lines as part of a point protection strategy. The Rifle Helitack crew planned to return by boat to plots west of the fire, weather permitting, to continue searching and extinguishing hot spots along the edge of the fire. Minimal fire activity was reported due to rain, low temperatures, and elevated relative humidity. No significant changes in weather or fire activity are anticipated. The fire is located 7 miles southwest of Ruby. It is 24,537 acres in size. Sixty-four personnel were assigned.

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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: AK Fire Info, BLM Alaska Fire Service

Tags: Deep Fire, Main Fire