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From:Friday, July 17, 2009 11:51 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-198 for July 17, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:

- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-198 for July 17, 2009
- Current AICC Sit Report
- current AICC News and Notes
- Shanta_Creek_ News Release 07-17-09
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State Emergency Coordination Center: Preparedness Level 2 – Heightened Awareness

Threat Level Changes
No change


Operational Environment

DHS&EM continues to work with FEMA on approved federal assistance for the 09 Spring Floods.
Shishaldin and Redoubt Volcanoes current condition:  Yellow/Advisory.
The SECC is monitoring the wildfire situation statewide. See current AICC attachments.
There are Red Flag Warnings issued today from the NWS.

Declared Disasters – Recovery Phase
Federal Disasters:
• FEMA-1843-DR-AK – Spring flooding and ice jam flooding:

In support of an approved FEMA federal assistance for the 09 Spring Floods, DHS&EM and FEMA have established a Joint Field Office (JFO) in Anchorage.  Joint FEMA/State field teams continues deployment to implement FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) Programs.  Today, a joint team will visit Bethel, Eagle and Eagle Village, Talkeetna and Nenana.  

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
The SECC monitors several events where some events are still open but awaiting further actions.

• H1N1 Flu Outbreak

State and local health officials continue to monitor the novel influenza A (H1N1) in Alaska.

2009 Alaska Laboratory Confirmed H1N1 Cases (Swine Flu)

Region                  Cases   Deaths
Anchorage/Mat-Su        176             0
Gulf Coast              2               0
Interior                        17              0
Northern                        3               0
Southeast               18              0
Southwest               2               0
Statewide               218             0

*updated July 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM

This table only represents confirmed H1N1 cases. We know H1N1 novel influenza is circulating in all regions of Alaska and have recently elected to target laboratory testing to focus on identifying the most severely affected persons. Therefore, many cases of H1N1 novel influenza with mild illness will not be identified and do not appear in this data table.

See the Alaska Influenza Surveillance Report for more information:

• Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)

AVO continues to closely monitor volcanic activity at Redoubt and Shishaldin volcanoes.
Recording on the status of Alaska's Volcanoes (907) 786-7478
Volcano Information On The Internet: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
DEC’s Air Quality and alerts website: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm.

• Recent Earthquakes

For recent earthquake information check this website:  http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/

• Weather Watches/Warnings:

Red Flag Warnings:

Denali -- Red flag warning in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 10 pm Sunday for strong wind in the AK Range
Northeastern Slopes of the Eastern Alaska Range -- Red flag warning in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 10 pm Sunday for strong wind

For more information see the National Weather Service for Alaska website:
Fire Weather at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ or
Current Public/Marine Hazards at http://www.arh.noaa.gov/hazards.php 

Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Situation Report, Morning Highlights and 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 today, there have been a total of 410 fires reported with total acreage of 983,043.1.  

Pilots should check NOTAMs and Temporary Flight Restrictions with FAA.  FAA Website for NOTAMS:   http://airspace.nifc.gov/mapping/nifc/ (Click on TFRs by State)

• Significant Fires:

There are Air Quality Advisories issued for the Interior, South Central Alaska due to an increased fire activity producing smoke impacting these areas.  Here’s a website for more information for Current air quality advisories and alerts. http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm 

Shanta Creek:   Acres: 13,151.0 caused by lightning, staffed by 452 personnel. The fire exhibited a slow rate of spread except in white spruce uplands where pockets created moderate fire behavior.  Four T2 crews were released 7/15. (See attached news release)

Minto Flats South:  Acres: 178,643.0; caused by lightning.
Fire behavior observed today was 3-5 foot flame lengths with isolated crown runs on the North end and group torching on the South end. The logistical and operational difficulty of protecting numerous scattered remote allotments, structures, the Arctic Wolf drilling rig and its associated camp continue to be a major problem and concern for the fire. Next operational period fire personnel will continue to work allotments along the Tanana River and crews on the Teklanika River will provide structure protection. (0% contained, 171,159 State acres burned and 7,484 Native acres burned, 117 personnel)

• Lightning Map Information

There were 1634 lightning strikes in Alaska from 6:00 AM yesterday to 6:00 AM today.  
Road Alert Information
Current road closure and other road alert information can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 20 July 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.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://ready.alaska.gov.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://ready.alaska.gov/homelandsecurity/.

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.


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