The Alaska Interagency Management (Type 1) Team is turning management of the Mississippi fire back over to BLM – Alaska Fire Service, Military Zone, on Monday, August 26.
The cool, rainy weather has moderated fire behavior. That behavior is now limited to isolated areas of creeping and smoldering. The fire is not expected to move significantly unless we get several consecutive days of warm dry weather. Once the sun comes out and the wind picks up, it is possible that the fire could become a bit more active. On those warm, breezy days, the fire could produce some smoke, primarily from islands of unburned fuels inside the control lines and current perimeter. Smoke from this burning may become visible from Delta, or along the Richardson Highway.
In the upcoming days, suppression repair work will be taking place along the control lines. When the water level in the Delta River drops and ADFG permits are issued, some additional equipment will be moved in to augment suppression repair current operations as crews seed areas that might otherwise erode.
The Military Zone of Alaska Fire Service will provide aerial monitoring of the fire area to ensure that any flare ups do not threaten values at risk.
|Date of Origin||Thursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM|
|Location||10 miles West of Delta, Alaska|
|Incident Commander||Tom Kurth|
Commercial timber, hardwoods, tundra, brush, grass
Protected fuels under softwood canopy and deep duff layers continue to smolder and creep over northern parts of the fire. Effects of long term drought remain despite recent precipitation and cooler temperatures. Drought Codes remain in the Very High range and mop-up of persistent deep burning fuels is required by incident personnel.
The remaining crews continued to bone pile and secure the line around the Whitestone community and in areas to the north and west in order to secure the northern most sections of the fire. Efforts there are continued to protect the local communities as well as other significant values at risk. Four of the crews returned to ICP for demob prior to end of today's shift.
Complete mop-up, secure and patrol the dozer line constructed from the Whitestone community area to the fires NW edge. Continue to utilize tactics and methods to protect anadromous fish resources in the Richardson Clearwater headwaters. A suppression repair plan developed by the Delta Area Forestry Resource Advisor is awaiting approval. Reduction of the probablitity of beetle infestation by using mitigation measures from DP-3 north to the Tanana River. This will be primarily by the scoring of downed spruce timber.
Full containment of fire is not expected until a season ending event occurs. Transfer of command to a Type 3 IC at the home unit is scheduled for 8/26 at 06:00 hrs. Suppression repair will be the remaining emphasis while unstaffed areas of the fire will be patrolled by air. Suppression repair is dependent on water levels in the Delta River permitting crossing of an excavator. This may be by mid-week, weather dependant.
|Wind Conditions||17 mph NW|