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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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Oregon Lakes Fire update for Saturday, May 18, 2019

Oregon Lakes Wildfire
News – 5/18/2019

DELTA JUNCTION, Alaska – While firefighters continue strengthening the firebreak along the northern edge of the Oregon Lakes Fire, fire managers are considering burning farther west and east to reduce the chances the fire will spread north as the summer progresses.

Firefighters are taking advantage of the cooler temperatures today to concentrate on fortifying firebreaks in anticipation warmer, drier weather returning Sunday. Aided by heavy equipment and suppression aircraft, crews were able to secure the northwest corner of the fire and tie it into a stand of fire-resistant hardwoods. Fire managers are planning to use natural barriers and pre-existing fuel breaks to burn farther west towards Delta Creek to protect military sites north of the Oklahoma Range. Firefighters are also preparing to extend their burn operation east past the Lester Line toward the Delta River. Firefighters will utilize a wide firebreak constructed by the U.S. Army over the past five years to conduct a burnout of vegetation in front of the fire. Removing the fuel ahead of the fire significantly reduces the chance it will spread. This work will keep the fire to the smallest footprint possible and decreases the threat to values at risk farther to the north and west.

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 just north of the fire will persist through Monday. Winds will remain generally southerly and will increase to 10 mph in the afternoon and evenings. Maximum temperatures will be in the low 60s and relative humidity will be 25-35 percent. There is a chance of rain showers Sunday afternoon, but temperatures should start increasing that day and continue into next week.

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