Wildland Fire Roundup

Red Flags 5-24

May 24, 2015 – The continued warm, dry weather is keeping fire danger high in much of the state this Memorial Day Weekend. Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the Yukon Flats and surrounding uplands, the Fortymile country, Deltana-Tanana flats, and the Eastern Alaska Range. Despite conditions, fire activity since yesterday has been light.

The Alaska Division of Forestry is monitoring three coal seam fires in the Healy area. These fires can smolder underground for years and re-emerge when conditions are right. The largest of these fires, the Coal Creek fire is now at 150 acres and is spreading to the northeast in tundra and black spruce. The two smaller fires were estimated at one-tenth of an acre and were smoldering in areas with low spread potential.

Crews continue to build a containment line around the 338-acre Seaton Roadhouse Fire, which is burning near milepost 1234 of the Alaska Highway. A dozer line on the north side of the highway was completed yesterday. Crews continue to work to secure the south side of the highway. The Alaska Highway remains open.

The seven-acre Woods Creek Fire, near Boundary on the Top of the World Highway, is now 100 percent contained. Crews are continuing mop up.

Demobilization of crews continues on the 556-acre Bolgen Creek Fire, between Central and Circle. The fire is 90 percent contained.

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