Beth Ipsen with the BLM Alaska Fire Service says the fire is running through an estimated 1,982 acres of tundra and grass but is expected to stop when it reaches a snowpack nearby. The fire is contained in a valley at the bottom of the Zane Hills near the Selawik River.
A recent incident at KNOM’s AM transmitter site is but the latest example of the challenges of operating a radio station in a remote corner of the sub-Arctic.
Just before 2am Saturday, the Bethel Fire Department responded to a blaze at trailer 29. After extinguishing the fire, responders found the remains of two bodies inside.
Emmonak residents are still awaiting the arrival of needed replacement parts to fix a vacuum pump damaged by the fire. Mayor Wilbur Hootch has scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday night to approve the budget for needed repairs.
Alaska State Troopers were initially notified at 12:51 A.M. Sunday morning, October 30th, that a grocery store in Kobuk was engulfed in flames.
Troopers state the incident was started when a camp fire was left without being fully extinguished. Damages are estimated at $15,000.
After Disaster Declaration, Emmonak Seeks Aid to Rebuild Commercial Fishery and Public Safety Infrastructure
Beyond rebuilding five structures, the emergency funding would help Emmonak buy a new fire truck and construct a water line booster station.
Emmonak’s city manager has sent the disaster declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000.
The fire ruined structures owned by Kwik’Pak Fisheries and Yukon Marine Manufacturing. The damage is estimated at $3 million.
The school board discussed upgrades — from emergency lighting to payroll processing — at their work session last week.