Wildland Fire near Chena Hot Springs Road

June 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

(Fairbanks, AK) – The Division of Forestry is responding to a new wildland fire that began late Monday afternoon just south of 4 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road in a critical fire management area. The Steel Creek Fire is burning in black spruce and at first size-up was seven acres in size. Initial attack firefighters were quickly reinforced with smoke jumpers from Fort Wainwright and air support from three air tankers and two helicopters. Two CL-215 water scooping tankers, a retardant tanker based in Fairbanks, and two helicopters are helping with the response. A second retardant tanker based in Palmer is on its way to join the firefighting effort. The White Mountain crew is already on site, and the Tanana Chiefs and Fairbanks #2 20-person crews will be joining the firefighting effort this evening.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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