About 1,000 firefighters from Washington, Oregon sent to battle Alaska wildfires
"More than 2,100 firefighters and support personnel are battling the blazes, including about 1,000 people from Oregon and Washington," BLM Oregon & Washington said. "In addition to firefighters, fire managers and helicopters from the Pacific Northwest are helping in Alaska."
The National Interagency Fire Center says a total of 41 wildfires have burned more than 730,000 acres in Alaska this fire season. The BLM shared photos of the 100,000-acre Swan Lake Fire south of Anchorage.
Currently, Alaska is rated at a National Preparedness Level V, which is the highest level. That means wildfires in the state have the potential to exhaust all agency fire resources. The Northwest is rated at the lowest, Level I.
The Alaska Army National Guard and other military units are assisting with the wildfire efforts there.
Wildfire suppression in the United States has had a long and varied history. For most of the 20th century, any form of wildland fire, whether it was naturally caused or otherwise, was quickly suppressed for fear of uncontrollable and destructive conflagrations such as the Peshtigo Fire in 1871 and the Great Fire of 1910. In the 1960s, policies governing wildfire suppression changed due to ecological studies that recognized fire as a natural process necessary for new growth. Today, policies advocating complete fire suppression have been exchanged for those who encourage wildland fire use, or the allowing of fire to act as a tool, such as the case with controlled burns. Average suppression costs are $4 billion to $4.5 billion annually.
“Our basic foundation is the tried and true,” said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “There’s no real shiny object out there that would work for us right now.”
The technology Cal Fire is most excited about: Over the next five years it will get a dozen new Black Hawk helicopters — designed in the 1970s — to replace its fleet of Hueys, which previously served in the Vietnam War
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