Alaska's Wildfire Draws Assistance From Indiana
Four Emergency Responders Headed North
(Left to right) Chris Walker- Ft. Wayne Fire Dept., Roger Powers- Dekalb Co. Emergency Management Agency, Megan Thiele- Decatur Twp. Fire Dept., Cliff Weaver- Evansville Fire Dept. (photo courtesy of Indiana Department of Homeland Security)
Four Hoosiers are joining the fight against Alaska's Moon Lake wildfire which has burned 65-thousand acres and forced 800 Alaskans to leave their homes.
Megan Thiele will shadow a planning section chief, helping to organize resources and plan strategies, tactics and objectives. A member of the Decatur Township Fire Department, Thiele says Indiana has a much different topography than Alaska. But she says the "all hazards" approach to the attack on Alaska's fire applies in all locales.
Thiele was flying to Alaska Tuesday afternoon with three other emergency responders--Cliff Weaver from the Evansville Fire Department, Roger Powers from the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency and Chris Walker from the Fort Wayne Fire Department. They'll spend the next week at a command center at Tok, Alaska. The town was once a camp for construction workers building the Alaska Highway.