Fire Danger High in Southwest Alaska

by Daysha Eaton on June 27, 2014

Fire DangerFire Danger is back up in Southwest Alaska. Mike Roos, a Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry, Southwest Area says fire danger is high and fuels, especially tundra grasses, are drying out.

“They’re very susceptible to starts from either lightening strikes or escaped burns, such as dumps and we’ve had two escaped dump fires in the past two days, one in Mountain Village and one at Tooksook Bay,” said Roos.

Smokejumpers crews were deployed to both fires. The fire in Mountain Village, Tuesday, was about 15 acres and the fire in Tooksook bay, Wednesday, was about 3 acres, Roos said. He says the state has staged a helitech crew at Aniak because of the high fire danger in the region.

“Fire Danger has increased and this is a bad time for open burning and people need to be aware again of what’s going on with their fires,” said Roos.

Clear, sunny weather and high winds are forecast through the weekend.

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