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Fire in Alaska Expected to Receive Rain

June 17, 2009

Firefighters anticipate rain to fall on the Shanta Creek Fire, burning at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, over the next several days helping to limit the fire’s spread. The fire has been active since it was started by lightning on June 30 in forested areas of the refuge where a beetle infestation has killed many spruce trees. The moisture to the area should reduce fire activity to smoldering.


Sections of the fire are being managed to benefit the overall forest health by allowing the fire to move through the beetle affected areas while in other areas, firefighters have put in contingency lines and implemented fire suppression tactics to keep it from moving in certain directions. Fire crews are using hand operated infrared devices to detect heat on the edges of the fire as they continue to secure the perimeter.


The fire is 13,151 acres. Accurate mapping of the fire was completed using a global positioning system (GPS) to determine the fire’s size. The fire is being managed by a national team of experts, who regularly oversee the response to large and complex incidents. The team is working with the Alaska Department of Forestry and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Over 400 firefighters are assigned to work on the incident.


A fire information center is being staffed from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. AST. The phone numbers are (907) 260-2338 and (907) 260-2342. Maps and other information about this incident, known as the Shanta Creek Fire, can be found at http://www.inciweb.

  The Shanta Fire burns actively during early stages of the incident on July 8.   A fire crew's gear is lined out as they get ready to work on the Shanta Fire.  
  The Shanta Fire burns actively during early stages of the incident on July 8.  
A fire crew's gear is lined out as they get ready to work on the Shanta Fire.
 
  Wildland fire started by lightning burns on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.  
  Wildland fire started by lightning burns on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge  

 

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