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Fort Wayne, area emergency responders head to Alaska wildfires

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 7:52 am

Four people, including a member of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, left Tuesday for Alaska to help in the battle against wildfires.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security coordinated the deployment of the four to Tok, Alaska, to shadow key positions and help in the response to the Moon Lake wildfires that have affected nearly 65,000 acres.

The Indiana team, which will return July 16, is made up of:

*Chris Walker of the Fort Wayne Fire Department. As logistics section chief, he will support fire victims, especially those dealing with details of food, medical services and communication.

*Megan Thiele of the Decatur Township Fire Department. As planning section chief she will organize resources and develop strategies, tactics, and objectives.

*Roger Powers of the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency. As finance section chief he will focus on documenting the cost of an incident and manage all financial aspects.

*Cliff Weaver of the Evansville Fire Department. He is incident commander and will oversee a management team and be responsible for the overall incident response.

The growing blaze has scorched about 65,000 acres. Alaska state and federal fire management officials have released that more than 800 people have been evacuated as the wildfire threatens the area northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska.