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From:Monday, June 8, 2009 2:05 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-159 for 8 Jun 09 
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Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:

- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-159 for June 8, 2009
- Current AICC Sit Report
- current AICC Morning Highlights
- current AICC News and Notes
- Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1)

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DHS&EM Operations
Operational Environment
The SECC is now working on normal schedule.  DHS&EM continues to work with FEMA in anticipation of a decision on federal assistance for the 09 Spring Flood.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

There are several wildfires burning throughout the state

• Significant Weather from the NWS

Red Flag Warning
Upper Kuskokwim Valley -- in effect from noon today to 10 pm Tuesday for strong wind.

Please see the National Weather Service for Alaska Weather Alerts located at http://www.arh.noaa.gov/hazards.php or Fire Weather at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for the most current weather information.

Declared Disasters – Response Phase
State Disasters:
• 2009 Spring Floods
On May 6, 2009, Governor Sarah Palin declared a disaster for the flooding event in the Interior of Alaska, including the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Kobuk, and Susitna Rivers

On May 25, Governor Sarah Palin sent a letter to the federal government officially requesting a federal disaster declaration for the spring floods of 2009.

Several communities have been flooded due to ice jams and associated high water.  Some communities, most notably Eagle, Eagle Village, Aniak, Akiachak, Emmonak, Kwethluk, McGrath, Stevens Village, and Tanana have experienced significant damages from the flooding.

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
• H1N1 Flu Outbreak
The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States and internationally.

Below is a press release from State of Alaska - Department of Health and Social Services.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2009

Alaska reports more H1N1 (swine) flu cases

Fairbanks lab confirms two new cases

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services virology laboratory in Fairbanks reported two new positive test results for the novel H1N1 (swine) flu in Alaska. The samples were confirmed on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

One patient is a pre-teen from Haines. The boy first reported feeling ill on May 27 after returning from a trip to Seattle. A sample was taken by a private provider on May 28. He has since recovered and no one among his family or friends has reported any flu-like illness.

The other patient is an adult male in his 20s from Fairbanks who first reported feeling ill on May 30. A sample was taken at a clinic on June 2. No information is currently available on where or how he may have been infected.

There is no known connection between these two cases and the first case in Fairbanks reported on May 28.

"The presence of novel H1N1 in Alaska is really the 'new normal'," said Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska's chief medical officer. "We will continue to see more of the H1N1 flu cases confirmed around the state throughout the summer and into the fall. Everyone should continue to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette to protect them and reduce the spread of this, and many other diseases."
As of 06:00 GMT, 5 June 2009, 69 countries have officially reported 21,940 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 125 deaths.  
The breakdown of the number of laboratory-confirmed cases by country is attached to this email.


Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Situation Report, AICC Morning Highlights and the AICC News and Notes are attached to this email and can be found on the AICC web site at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/.

• Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of June 8, 2009, there have been a total of 213 fires reported with total acreage of 144,944.1.

Significant Fires:
-- Broken Snowshoe Fire
The Broken Snowshoe Fire, 25,345.0 acres, is 41% contained.  Three crews and two helicopters remain on the fire.  Crews will continue working the southeast corner of the fire
perimeter and hotspots identified by the I.R. flight results.

-- Ladue River Fire
Ladue River Fire, 14,000 acres. Fire continues to be active. Fire is in limited protection and is unstaffed. Fire remains in monitor status.

-- Brock Road Fire
Brock Road Fire, Fairbanks area, 70.0 acre fire. Crews continued to strengthen and secure controlling lines and mopped up around perimeters with hoselay. Fire 100% contained.

-- Dillinger Fire
Dillinger Fire, McGrath area is at 18,863.0 acres. No significant fire growth or fire behavior. Personnel continued to prepare cabins for structure protection along the South Fork of the Kuskokwim and Dillinger Rivers.

Road Alerts Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 1:00 pm, 9 June 2009. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

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Femmia R.B.
Emergency Management Specialist
428-7100 (SECC) or 428-7019 (direct)