Wildland Fire Roundup for Friday, June 5th

12:30 p.m. – Rain and cooler temperatures across the state continue to moderate chances for new wildland fires. Only one new fire was reported Thursday by the military. A .1-acre Machine 6 Fire on the Fort Wainwright Small Arms Range was extinguished by military personnel onsite. The fire is in monitor status.

The 14,200-acre Whitefish Lake 1 Fire, burning about 10 miles southwest of Kalskag in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, is the largest, staffed fire in the state. The Yukon, Chevak, Hooper Bay, and Gannett Glacier crews and the Pioneer Peak Interagency Hotshots, along with support from water scooping aircraft, made good progress Thursday. Personnel secured the majority of the south end of the fire and tied it into the surrounding lakes. Work continues on the southwest corner and reinforcing control lines. The fire is 80% contained. A Temporary Flight Restriction remains in place over the fire. Additional information on temporary flight restrictions can be found at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html. The Whitefish Lake 1 and Whitefish Lake 2 fires were joined together by a burnout operation and they are now being managed as one fire.

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Fire managers are also keeping an eye on the Bogus Creek Fire, an approximately 20,000-acre fire that is burning  about eight miles south of the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire. The Bogus Creek Fire was also started by lightning on May 31 and is also burning within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

The Bogus Creek Fire has more than doubled in size in the last two days but at this point the Division of Forestry has not assigned any ground  crews to the fire. There are no Native allotments or structures threatened by the fire and managers have allowed it to burn up to this point.

A helicopter with a bucket was used to drop water on the fire west of Bogus Creek on Thursday. Fire managers will fly the fire today to assess what kind of natural barriers can be used to contain the spread of the fire.

The 62.5-acre Getmuna Creek Fire is 75% contained. The Nikolai and Lower Kalskag crews were reinforced with the newly formed UAF Wildland Fire Crew. Together they will continue to build a containment line 200 feet in from the perimeter. There was no precipitation on the fire Thursday. Multiple interior smokes showed up throughout the day.

Smokejumpers continue to work the 37-acre Innoko River Fire, east of Grayling. The fire has burned into a mosaic pattern in black spruce and hardwoods. Firefighters have completed a hose lay around the fire cooling the perimeter, however, it is burning deep into the duff and will require extensive mop up to secure. The fire is 30% contained.

The Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot Crew continues saw line construction on the Seventy Mile Fire near Eagle. They have the 2,800-acre fire 40% contained. Scattered rain showers have been moving over the area leaving the fire with creeping and smoldering characteristics.

The TCC and White Mountain crews have the 37-acre Cummings Road Fire, east of Delta Junction, 85% contained. A demobilization plan has personnel starting to depart the fire at the end of their shift Friday.

Minimal fire activity was observed Thursday on the Hillbilly Fire burning on military lands southwest of Delta Junction. The North Star Fire Crew has been demobilized and the fire placed into monitor status. The Ptarmigan Fire, also burning on military lands in the area has been placed into monitor status. The smokejumpers assigned to the fire have been released.

Other fires in monitor status checked on Thursday were the Sweren, Trout and Jarvis Creek fires. All remain in monitor status. Better mapping of the Trout Fire places it at 252 acres.

 

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