Alaska analyzes response to Chiniak fire

Photo by Scott Wight. Shared via KMXT.org.
Photo by Scott Wight. Shared via KMXT.org.

A state report says response to Alaska’s Twin Creeks Fire last summer was swift but could use improvement.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports that a report and improvement plan from the community and sent to the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says local and state crews “performed very well.” But it also pointed out long hours and a need for more trained people to fill relief shifts.

The report also notes that social media helped keep the public informed. It calls coordination between agencies “critical,” and says Alaska State Troopers didn’t follow procedure and let people into hazardous areas.

The Twin Creeks Fire destroyed several structures and charred about 5,000 acres near Chiniak between Aug. 27 and Sept. 7.