Management of the Oregon Lakes Fire was transferred back to the BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Zone on Monday, June 10. The fire was placed in monitor status. Firefighters have left in place structure protection equipment to allow quick response for suppression action if needed. The work completed during the response to the fire will also serve to protect the private homes and both state timber and recreational values into the future.
This remote fire was reported at about 1 p.m. on April 30 and had been burning in the Donnelly Training Area and predominantly in the 2013 Mississippi Fire and 2014 100 Mile Creek Fire.
After June 10, fire managers will continue to use aerial monitoring to determine if any future suppression actions are required. If the fire behavior increases and moves to the north, fire managers will be able to coordinate suppression efforts based on the strategic plans that take into account the values at risk including military assets, state timber and recreational values, private homes, and the impact of smoke on the communities of Delta Junction, Salcha, North Pole and Fairbanks.
For more information, continue to use the 2019_akmid_OregonLakes@firenet.govand (208) 254-1130 or contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.
Date of Origin:
Tuesday April 30th, 2019 approx. 01:00 PM
11 miles southwest of Delta Junction
Matt Robinett (ICT3) and Collins Bonds (ICT3t)
Tall grass (2.5 feet), timber with litter and understory.
The fire is primarily burning in the Mississippi Fire and 100 Mile Fire burn scars. The grass and brush fuels are greening up with the additional moisture. The fire is still predominantly burning in dead grass, tundra, brush and dead-and-down trees within the old burn scars. Pockets of dead and down fuel exist where the old fire footprints transition to a black spruce/tundra fuel type. In the timbered areas, the dead and down are available for fire to creep along at a slow pace. Fire will hold and smolder until it moves into exposed areas of the fine dry fuels. Transition to timber fuel will continue when the weather warms and dries.
Rain stopped falling the morning of June 2, 2019. Approximately 1.75 inches of rain fell over the fire area. Crews continue to construct property protection fuelbreaks around the Richardson Clearwater and South Bank communities.
Resources are constructing property protection fuelbreaks around the values at risk.
Projected Incident Activity:
48 hours: Fuels will continue to dry but continued green up of grass and brush fuels will hinder fire spread in these fuels. Spruce fuels will need more drying before they are available to burn.
72 hours: The primary fuel of concern will transition from dead fine fuels from the previous winter to spruce fuel types as green up continues. Significant drying will need to occur before these fuels are available to burn.
Beyond 72 hours: Approximately 7-9 days of warm and dry weather are needed for spruce fuels to dry enough to carry fire.
ZAN 9/6831-1 TFR 2019-6731-1 is now in place over the fire (Surface - 9,000' MSL)
The heavy precipitation of the last couple of days has moved out of the area with a return to warmer and drier conditions and continuing into the middle of next week.
Oregon Lakes Fire Information
Hours: Daily 9-7p
Fire Unit Information
Alaska Fire Service - Military Zone
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 3500
Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703