Forest Fires in the United States: 17 June 1999

Forest Fires in Alaska and Canada

17 June 1999

Several vegetation fires were detected by OSEI with the NOAA-14 AVHRR satellite on 15 June 1999.

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Fig.1. Heat signatures and dense smoke from large areas of fire burning in western Alaska and in the Yukon Territory of Canada.

The INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT from 16 June 1999 can be quoted as follows:
Large fire activity continued in Alaska, Western Great Basin, and Northwest Areas. Initial attack activity was moderate in California, Eastern Great Basin, and Southwest Areas, and light elsewhere. Mobilization of resources to Alaska was moderate. The National Interagency Coordination Center mobilized radio equipment, a helicopter, and miscellaneous overhead to Alaska, the Southwest, and the Northwest Areas. Very high to extreme fire indices were reported in Nevada, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas.

DONNELLY, Fort Greely Army Base. A Type I Incident Management Team (Stam) is assigned. This fire is twenty-five miles south of Delta, AK. Three structures have been lost and seven damaged on Ft. Greeley. Currently threatened are the Alcan Highway east of Delta Junction and the Delta Junction community. Crews are concentrating on holding spotfires and protecting structures.
MINTO, Upper Yukon Zone BLM. A Type II Incident Management Team (Cowins) is assigned. This fire is near Minto, AK. Aided by gusting winds yesterday evening, the fire jumped an existing dozer line and moved north into black spruce. Retardant drops were used to reinforce the line between the fire and the village. An evacuation plan was activated for Minto village elders and children.

Alaska’s interior region will have scattered showers and thunderstorms. Winds will be east, 5 to 10 MPH. High temperatures will be mid 70’s to mid 80’s.
Arizona will be partly cloudy with scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Winds will be south to west, 15 to 25 MPH with gusts up to 45 MPH. High temperatures will be in the lower 70’s to upper 80’s in the mountains and around 90 to 114 in the valleys.
New Mexico will be partly cloudy with widely scattered thunderstorms in the mountains. Winds will be east and gusty in the Rio Grande Valley. High temperatures will be in the 60’s and 70’s in the mountains and northeast, and in the 90’s in the southwest.
Nevada will be partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms. Winds will be southwest at 15 to 25 MPH, and gusty. Highs will be in the mid 60’s to 90 in the mountains, and 90 to 100 in the valleys.


For detailed information regarding specified regions, please refer to the whole report.

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