The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center deactivates the Wildland Fire Joint Information Center

Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 3:25 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) deactivated the Alaska Interagency Wildland Fire Joint Information Center on Monday, August 1.

Since the fire season is winding down due to cooler and wetter weather the additional presence of the Joint Information Center, which was activated on June 24, is no longer needed.

In a press release issued by the AICC, notable events that occurred during 2022 include a record breaking fire season. More than 3 million acres have burned across the state of Alaska for the first time since 2015. This year has also been the seventh time 3 million or more acres have burned since fire recordings began in 1950.

As of July 31, there has been a total of 557 fires, of which 253 fires were human caused and 268 were caused by lightning. 36 fire starts have been undetermined. The 2022 fire season was above the 10 year average. The 10-year average, between 2012 through 2022, is 548 fires with an estimated 1.4 million acres burned.

There were six complexes of multiple fires during the 2022 fire season. The largest complex, the Lime Complex, located in an isolated area of southwest Alaska included 18 fires within the complex and was only accessible by air and rivers.

Additionally, between July 1 and 11, more than 67,000 lighting strikes were recorded which lead to more than 100 new fire ignitions.

Wildland fire information will continue to be published on the Alaska Wildland Fire Information website. You can also call the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office 907-356-5511 for fire information.

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