Southwest Alaska Fires

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Southwest Alaska Fires

INCIDENT UPDATED 6/27/2017

Incident Overview

There are 16 active wildfires in the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Southwest Area, a vast area that covers 88 million acres between the villages of McGrath and Dillingham, as well as the Aleutian Islands.

No fires are being staffed with personnel at this time but are being monitored periodically by air to determine if they pose any kind of threat. Most of the fires are in remote areas.

The last two fires reported in the Southwest Area were the 100-acre Wayne Taylor Fire and the 100-acre Volcano Bay Fire near Unalaska on the Aleutian Chain.

The Wayne Taylor Fire was reported on Sunday by a local pilot in a remote area approximately 140 miles north of Dillingham and 145 miles south of McGrath. A Division of Forestry aircraft was deployed to survey the fire and found it burning in tundra and black spruce on the lower third of Taylor Mountain. Allotments and other values were identified but were not considered threatened. Aircraft flew over the fire again on Monday and roughly 20 smokes were visible but no flames were seen. The fire remains estimated at 100 acres.

The Volcano Bay Fire near Unalaska, approximately 800 miles southwest of Anchorage, was reported by a private pilot on June 17. It was estimated at 100 acres and burning in tundra. The Unalaska Department of Public Safety conducted an investigation but was unable to determine a cause. The fire does not pose a threat to the village or any values at risk and is being monitored.



Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
LocationSouthwest Alaska
Incident CommanderAlaska Division of Forestry

Current Situation

Size68,798 Acres
Fuels Involved

Tundra, black spruce and mixed hardwoods

Significant Events

The Division of Forestry is monitoring 16 active fires in the Southwest Area. None of the fires are being staffed with fire personnel but are being monitored from the air.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue monitoring active fires from the air and conducting detection flights to find any additional lightning holdovers.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A low-pressure system in the Bering Sea is expected to bring clouds and showers to the Southwest Area through the rest of the week

Unit Information

Southwest Area Forestry
Alaska
McGrath, AK 99627

Incident Contact

Tim Mowry
Email: tim.mowry@alaska.gov
Phone: 907-356-5512
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., SS, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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