- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - The response to Alaska’s Twin Creeks Fire last summer was swift, said a state report, but it could use improvement.

Local and state emergency personnel “performed very well,” according to a report and improvement plan from the community and sent to the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. But it also pointed out long hours and a need for more trained people to fill relief shifts, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported (https://bit.ly/1S3TiFG).

Kodiak City Manager Aimee Kniaziowski signed the report on Dec. 17, and the Division of Homeland Security released it Monday.

The Twin Creeks Fire destroyed several structures, including the Chiniak Library, and charred about 5,000 acres near Chiniak between Aug. 27 and Sept. 7. The report doesn’t discuss the fire’s cause, which is the subject of an investigation by the Alaska Division of Forestry.

The report also calls communication between agencies critical, saying Alaska State Troopers did not follow the directions of the Emergency Operation Center and allowed people access to the hazard area.

The Emergency Operation Center is at the Kodiak Police Station. It was built for a large-scale, multiple-agency response effort, and the Chiniak fire was its first chance to respond to such a scenario.

But the report says the center’s equipment is limited and at times slowed things down. The center needs wall monitors, a larger copier and scanner and Wi-Fi-equipped tablets, the report says.


This story has been corrected to show the report was from the community and sent to the state homeland security department.


Information from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, https://www.kodiakdailymirror.com

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