12:00 p.m. – A moderate rain, lasting for 30-45 minutes Saturday, was reported by personnel on both fires burning southwest of Aniak. Crews have turned their attention to the Bogus Creek Fire burning eight miles south of the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire that was contained Friday. Fire managers plan to take advantage of yesterday’s rain, which has reduced fire activity.
With aerial support from four water-scooping aircraft, three crews worked to establish anchor points and started perimeter construction on the most northeast finger of the Bogus Creek Fire where it has pushed east toward the Kilbuck Hills. Firefighters will work to limit the more than 23,000-acre fire from spreading into the hills or crossing Bogus Creek to the north and west or across Birch Slough to the south.
All of the lines around the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire have been secured with a 500-foot perimeter. The remaining crews on the 14,824-acre fire will do one final gridding before demobilizing.
Both fires were started by lightning on May 31st and are burning primarily in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. The Bogus Creek Fire is described as a very large, wind-driven grass fire burning in open tundra. It is not threatening any Native allotments or structures at this time.
A new Temporary Flight Restriction has been put in place over the Bogus Creek Fire and a portion of the Whitefish Lake 1 Fire. For more information on temporary flight restrictions go to http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.
Even with Isolated wet thunderstorms continuing today over most of the central and eastern Interior and scattered showers forecasted over southern Alaska, areas still remain susceptible to fire after receiving little to no precipitation. A Fire Weather Watch is in place for the Copper River Basin through Monday because of high winds. The winds will also be strong through the Alaska Range and on its northern slopes.
Five new fires were reported on Saturday. Palmer Forestry was called to a structure fire to assist the local fire department as the blaze spread into the wildlands. They extinguished the .1-acre Susitna Parkway Fire and placed it into monitor status.
Fairbanks Forestry responded to a tree on a powerline. Once the line was deactivated, the .1-acre Coyote Trail Fire was contained, controlled and placed into monitor status. Fairbanks also responded to an abandoned campfire at Milepost 351 of the Parks Highway. The Ester Volunteer Fire Department was also on the scene to assist in dousing the .1-acre Spirit Fire.
An unattended and unpermitted burn pile of construction materials and other potentially hazardous materials was reported in Sterling. Kenai Forestry and Central Emergency Services responded to suppress the Farmland Fire. A Forestry Prevention Officer made contact with the landowner, issued a burn permit and advised them of safe burning practices.
While on patrol in Dot Lake, Tok Forestry discovered a smoldering fire in the local dump. The Dot Lake Dump Fire was extinguished.
The Innoko River Fire, burning east of Grayling, grew to 350 acres. The fire burned an area that firefighters planned to burnout themselves on Friday. Personnel were able to hold the fire at a creek bottom as it naturally progressed. Firefighters will continue with burnout operations as they secure a 200-foot wide perimeter around an allotment.
The UAF Wildland Fire Crew will make one last grid of the 62.5-acre Getmuna Creek Fire near Crooked Creek on the Kuskokwim River. Once completed, the crew will demobilize from the 100% contained fire.
Remaining personnel will also make a final grid of the 37-acre Cummings Road Fire east of Delta Junction. Once that is complete, along with the collection of hose-lays and other equipment, the TCC crew will be released from the fire.
Intermittent showers fell on the Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot Crew as they continued direct fireline construction on the northeast corner of the Seventy Mile Fire near Eagle. Backhaul missions of fire gear are underway as demobilization plans proceed.