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About 1,000 firefighters from Washington, Oregon sent to battle Alaska wildfires

About 1,000 firefighters from Washington and Oregon have been sent to battle huge wildfires in Alaska, the Bureau of Land Management said Thursday. 

The BLM Oregon & Washington Facebook page says dozens of wildfires are burning about 600,000 acres in Alaska. 

"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. 

 

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