Five Alaska wildfire crews heading south to assist in western states

  • Source: Department of Natural Resources
  • Published: 07/10/2018 07:09 PM

With wildfire season cooling down in Alaska and heating up in the western United States, the Alaska Division of Forestry and U.S. Forest Service are deploying a handful of initial attack crews to the Lower 48 to assist with firefighting efforts there. Five initial attack crews will board a National Interagency Coordination Center jet in Anchorage on Wednesday morning to fly to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. From there, crews will be assigned to different fires around the western U.S. The five crews heading south include the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshot Crew, the Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, the Tanana Chiefs Conference T2 IA Crew, the Yukon T2 IA Crew, all from the Division of Forestry, and the Region 10 T2 IA Crew from the U.S. Forest Service. Each crew consists of approximately 20 firefighters. Wildland fire managers in Alaska are confident that sufficient personnel and aircraft remain in the state to respond to any wildfires that occur.


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