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Oregon Lakes

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Alaska Fire Service - Military Zone
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 3500
Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703

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Showers Calm Oregon Lakes Fire

Oregon Lakes Wildfire
News – 5/17/2019

Start Date: April 30, 2019

Acres: 14,265

Personnel assigned: 130

Crews assigned: 4

Estimated costs to date: $1 million

Cause: human, under investigation

DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – A shot of moisture calmed fire activity on the Oregon Lakes Fire yesterday as firefighters continue to extend and strengthen firebreaks ahead of the fire. Firefighters working in the northwest corner of the fire west of Douglas Creek experienced rain and even hail that halted an evening burn operation. The fire area received only about .01-.02 of rain yesterday. The continued cooler weather will allow firefighters to concentrate on fortifying firebreaks in anticipation warmer, drier weather starting Sunday.

Fire managers are considering extending the burnout farther west and east in front of the fire. Removing the fuel ahead of the fire significantly reduces chances the fire will spread, keeping the fire to the smallest footprint possible and decreasing the threat to values at risk farther to the north.

The Fairbanks #1 Type 2 Emergency Firefighter Crew will arrive today to assess military infrastructure north of the Oklahoma Range to see what measures are needed to protect range observation sites should the fire continue west. The observation sites are south of the pre-existing firebreaks. Because conditions are becoming drier around the state, crews assigned to the Oregon Lakes Fire are available for an initial attack response.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire area to prevent outside aircraft, including military aircraft, from interfering with the suppression efforts.

The burn operation will provide an obstacle to prevent the fire’s movement north, but will not put this large early-season fire out. Since the Delta area is prone to wildfires, the public is encouraged to take steps to minimize the impact of a fire to their property. More information is available through the Delta Area Forestry Prevention office at (907)895-4225 or Firewise online information.

Forecasted weather: The thermal low pressure trough over the fire area will remain through Saturday. The trough will strengthen later today, leading to a slight chance of rain and increasing winds in the afternoon and evening. There will be a very slight chance of rain each afternoon. Maximum temperatures will be in the low 60s and relative humidity will be 25-35 percent. Conditions will be warmer and drier starting Sunday.

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