Cold front sweeps across Alaska

Wildland fire roundup for June 10

12:00 p.m. —For the second time in as many weeks, a cold front coming out of the Arctic will bring rain and cooler temperatures across Alaska. A winter storm warning is in effect for the northeastern Brooks Range. Up to a foot of snow is forecasted for Atigun Pass. Snow is not expected in the Interior this time around but wet thunderstorm activity is expected ahead of the front. A high-pressure system is building behind the cold front, bringing with it a much warmer and significantly drier forecast for this weekend that could last through the middle of next week.

There are no Red Flag Warnings issued today but there are wind advisories for the eastern Alaska Range and Deltana and Tanana Flats.

Two new fires were reported Tuesday. The Tetlin Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center alerted Tok Forestry to a visible smoke column. A detection flight discovered a 15-acre fire burning in black spruce and tundra within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve about 20 miles from the Canadian border. The Chisana River 2 Fire, started by lightning, is plotted in a limited suppression area. With no resources threatened, the fire has been placed into monitor status. A Sterling landowner contacted Kenai Forestry to report a lightning strike from Friday evening. He said he heard the strike and looked out his window to see smoke coming from the ground. He suppressed the fire but requested forestry to check the area. Firefighters located the spot and declared it contained and controlled. The Bradford Road Fire has been placed into monitor status.

The front moving across Alaska has brought a steady rain to both the Whitefish Lake 1 and Bogus Creek fires south of Kalskag. Personnel have been demobilized from each fire and they are both in monitor status.

The Innoko River Fire received considerable rain overnight and throughout the day Tuesday. Firefighters completed gridding the fire, pulling in their hose lays, and consolidating their supplies in anticipation of demobilization.

The White Mountain Type 2 Initial Attack Crew and Fairbanks Type 2 Crew completed their saw line and hose lay around the Standard Creek Fire. The 10-acre, lightning-caused fire 15 miles west of Fairbanks is fully contained. Personnel gridded the green around their 5-feet wide perimeter and mopped up spot fires.

A squad from the Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot Crew cold-trailed the entire east flank of the 2,902-acre Seventymile Fire near Eagle in eastern Alaska on Tuesday. Two additional squads cold-trailed and orchestrated bucket drops on the fire’s southwest corner. Firefighters will reposition to monitor the western flank. Infrared flights to detect hot spots will be made as weather permits.

Forestry personnel gridded the Cummings Road Fire on Monday that burned 37 acres, 30 miles east of Delta, on May 30. They extinguished smoking hotspots they discovered. Plans are being made for rehabilitation.

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