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Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-201 for July 20, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:

- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-201 for July 20, 2009
- Current AICC Sit Report
- current AICC News and Notes
- current AICC Morning Highlights
- Shanta_Creek_ News Release 7-20-09
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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.
Fire weather watches were issued today by the NWS.
Travel advisory was issued for Dalton Highway, Milepost 58 through 71 due to road construction.

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 be in Bethel, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks.  

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/

• Travel advisory
DOT&PF has issued a travel advisory for the Dalton Highway, Milepost 58 through 71 for road construction which is taking place now through July 24.  Trucks may be hauling out of pits at MP 46.5 and MP 88.  Please watch for rocks that may have fallen in the roadway out of the haul trucks.  Motorist should slow down, use extreme caution, expect delays and watch for equipments and crews out on the road.  Watch for detours and traffic signals in place.  

• Weather Watches/Warnings:
Fire Weather Watches:
Central Interior and Deltana and Tanana Flats -- Fire weather watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday evening for strong wind.

Dense Smoke Advisory
The National Weather Service Fairbanks has issued a dense smoke advisory which is in effect until 6 AM Tuesday for Central Interior including Nenana, Anderson, Tanana, Minto, Manley Hot Springs, Rampart, Lake Minchumina and Livengood. Areas of dense smoke with visibility less than one mile will persist through early Tuesday. Tanana 3/4 mile visibility in smoke this morning. Smoke will thin and visibility will improve some this afternoon and evening as the smoke mixes higher in the atmosphere, but will thicken again late tonight as a surface inversion develops.

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/Map
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):  
As of today, there have been a total of 426 fires reported with total acreage of 1,051,879.5.  

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.
Crews continued to improve contingency line, and rehab it. Two T2 crews were released on 7/18 and T1 crews will demobilize and return to the Lower 48 on the NICC jet on 7/19.
(See attached news release)

Minto Flats South:  Acres: 191,152.0; caused by lightning.
Atmospheric instability led to increased fire growth in the afternoon. Three- five foot flame lengths with active backing fire were observed on the east, south, and north sides. Resources along the Tanana River continued to protect structures and allotments, and smokejumpers set up structure protection at Teklanika Channel Lake. (0% contained, 183463 State acres and 7689 Native acres burned; 60 personnel)

• Lightning Information
There were 1354 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, 21 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)