11:30 a.m. – The military reported a fire off of the Oklahoma Impact Area 25 miles west of Delta Junction Friday evening. Smokejumpers along with air attack, tankers and scooper planes responded to suppress the 20-acre fire. The Alaska Fire Service is working closely with the Department of Defense to prevent the fire, burning in tussock tundra and spruce trees west of Delta Creek, from spreading.
Forecasted record high temperatures along with dry conditions are creating very high fire danger conditions south of the Alaska Range, including the panhandle. Human-caused fires are keeping crews busy across the area. A large, unattended burn pile was reported along West Scout Lake Loop Road, Forestry and Central Emergency Services suppressed the 15 feet in diameter, 4 feet deep pit burning stumps and slash.
CES and Forestry were called to a fully engulfed vehicle fire spreading into wildlands at the Soldotna ballfields. The Metro Fire was extinguished will be placed into monitor status. The cause is under investigation.
Forestry out of Homer were called to an abandoned campfire. The Easy Bend Fire had not escaped its ring and was put out.
Two Forestry engines, helitack and a squad of firefighters responded to a fire reported to Palmer 911. The Sandpiper Fire was contained and controlled by the forces on the ground supported with bucket drops from the helicopter. The fire had been burning for quite some time and was smoldering deep in mixed hardwoods and slash. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Scattered rain showers have moderated fire activity around Eagle and the Upper Yukon area. Burnout operations are continuing on the Seventy Mile Fire as crews corral the 2,500-acre fire away from allotments and cabins along the Seventymile River.
The Trout Fire has grown to 376 acres as it is allowed to burn naturally in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Structure protection is in place for the homestead at the confluence of Trout Creek and the Yukon River.
Smokejumpers are prepared to return to base Saturday after containing and controlling the Christian River Fire northwest of Fort Yukon.
No hotspots were observed Friday on the South Fork Kuskokwim Fire outside of Nikolai. The fire was controlled late in the evening. Firefighters will continue to grid the fire and prepare to demob.
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