Monday, June 22, 2015

Alaska Wildfire Updates (Monday June 22)

June 24, 2015 11:15 AM EDT

Some updates for you on the wildfires in Alaska that I have been following. Before I do so, I again refer you to the following site for information on other fires that are burning in Alaska: Alaska Wildland Fire Information, the Fire Information Map from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, and the latest daily situation report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center. In addition, you will want to check out Bill Gabbert's June 23rd article, "Alaska -- 46,000 lightning strikes and many fires"

Chisana River 2 Fire

I just went to the Chisana River 2 Fire's incident page on Inciweb to see that the latest update was posted at about 3 AM EDT on JUne 24th (estimated) where they are reporting that the fire has burned 35,000 in a limited protection area of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, and they are estimating that the fire could grow by an additional "2-2,500 acres over the next two days." I am going to stop providing regular updates on this fire, but I will keep on eye on the Inciweb page to see what the fire is doing and report back here as appropriate.

Card Street Fire

The Card Street Fire remains at 7,352 acres burned with 25 percent containment as I write this update. Check out incident information in the Card Street from Inciweb. Bill Gabbert of Wildfire Today reports in a June 24th article about some of the difficulties wildland firefighters had fighting this fire.

Sockeye Fire

Good news on the Sockeye Fire. I see from yesterday's update (June 23rd) from Inciweb's Sockeye Fire page is at 90 percent containment. Acreage burned has been reduced to 7,220 acres after the completion of more mapping operations. Also see a June 23rd report on Alaska Wildland Fire Information

The Matanuska Susitna Bourough has completed damage assessment in the Borough; 55 residences were destroyed and 44 properties had some damage. See this report from Matanuska Susitan Bourough for more information.

I have no new information at the moment on the Tanana Slough (Dot Lake) Fire at the moment. The last update I have is the one I reported on below (on June 22nd) stating the fire was at 40 percent containment on June 20th.

I have been writing recently about some of the wildfires that have burned recently in Alaska, see for example my post of June 19th. I continue with this today. Please note that when I am refering to inciweb incident pages, that I am linking to the current page, which changes as these inciweb pages are updated, so there may a discrepency with the acreage that I report in an article and that listed on Inciweb, the latest acreage on Inciweb will be the correct acreage.

These are but four of many other fires burning in Alaska, for more information about the fires that I am not reporting on here, please see Alaska Wildland Fire Information, the Fire Information Map from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, and the latest daily situation report from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center

June 22, 2015 3:30 PM EDT

Chisana River 2 Fire

At the time that I write this on Monday June 22nd at 3 PM EDT, Inciweb is reporting on their Chisana River 2 Fire incident page (last updated June 21st, about 8 PM EDT) that the fire has burned 28,889 acres in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, with an increase in acreage burned of about 18,00 acres since I last reported on the fire on June 19th. According to the incident overview:
The fire is burning in a limited protection area and no suppression efforts taken thus far. Federal land managers have opted to let the fire take its natural course, as fire in the boreal forest of Alaska is an essential process that restores ecosystem health and helps to maintain species diversity.
Card Street Fire

As of Monday, June 22nd (3 PM EDT) the Card Fire has burned 7,352 acres according to the latest incident information from Inciweb (updated about 2PM EDT on June 22nd) and is at 25 percent containment.

I thought you might enjoy these videos from the Alaska News Dispatch that they posted on Youtube. In addition to their great videos, the Alaska News Dispatch (ADN) is a good source of current information about any wildfires burning in and around Anchorage, AK. You will see an Airtanker and  helicopter with bucket working the fire in the first video. In the second video you will see ground crews doing a controlled burn. Both videos were uploaded on June 17, 2015.

direct link to ADN video on Youtube

direct link to ADN video on Youtube

Sockeye Fire

Wildland firefighters, assisted by Airtankers and Helicopters, have made progress. As I write this article at 3 PM on June 22nd, the Sockeye Fire is at 7 percent containment having burned 7,264 acres. Evacuations have been lifted and ground crews and aircraft are being released to other fires. The last Inciweb incident update for this fire was updated on June 22nd about 1 PM.

Here is a video from the Alaska News Dispatch you might enjoy.

direct link to ADN video on Youtube

Tanana Slough Fire (near Dot Lake)

The last update I have about this fire is from Alaska Wildland Fire Information on June 20, 2015 reporting that this 730 acre wildfire was at 40 percent containment on June 20th.

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