Air tankers and Type 1 crews dispatched to Oregon Lakes Fire in Alaska

  • Source: Wildfire Today
  • Published: 05/14/2019 12:00 AM

Sunday afternoon a burnout operation being conducted by a Type 2 hand crew on the Oregon Lakes Fire 11 miles south of Delta Junction, Alaska slopped over a fireline and burned 240 unplanned acres. Firefighters, aided by heavy equipment and a helicopter, were burning grass along a fuel break about two miles north of a military training impact area. Two helicopters and both of the state air tankers that were on contract were used on the slopover, including Tanker 42, a Convair 580, that was on the first day of its contract. It is very rare for retardant to be needed on a fire in Alaska this early in the year. The water-scooping Fire Bosses are not yet on contract, but would have been well suited for the job with the nearby Delta River serving as a water source. In addition, two Type 1 Hotshot crews were mobilized Sunday, Chena and Midnight Sun.


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