Structure protection for Healy Lake fires nearly complete

June 24, 12:15 p.m.

HEALY LAKE AREA FIRE UPDATE

Healy Lake (#313)

Location: 25 miles east of Delta

Start Date: June 16

Cause: Lightning

Size: 14,000 acres (approx.)

Containment: 25%*

Number of Personnel: 133

Other fires in Delta area:

Healy River (#386) – 1,700 acres (approx.)

Michigan Creek (#321) – 14,000 acres (approx.)

Fire Activities on Tuesday

Healy Lake Fire: Firefighters were close to completing all structure protection measures for all the cabins on Healy Lake, the majority of those being in the Sara Point vicinity. Burnouts were conducted where necessary to secure cabin perimeters. Fire resources are nearly finished with gridding for spots and mopup of spots between the Tanana River and Cummings Road.

Michigan Creek Fire: The fire remains approximately ten miles from the village.

Healy River Fire: Fire resources completed structure protection at three cabins on Hidden Lake. Those resources have been flown out.

Today’s Objectives:

Structure protection work on cabins in Healy Lake should be completed. This includes use of sprinkler systems located throughout cabin properties, clearing debris from around structures to provide defensible space, construction of contingency lines where needed, and in some cases using burnouts to provide additional “black line” to slow/stop fire from reaching structures. On the Tanana River perimeter, fire resources will assess a possible burnout of several black spruce “stringers” (fingers of trees) to prevent spotting across the river should winds increase in the future, causing these “stringers” to ignite.

There is still one cabin located several miles up the Healy River drainage which will need structure protection work. This work will be accomplished based on potential increase in Healy River Fire activity.

Fire managers continue to assess the needs of Healy Lake village. As resources complete other objectives on the Healy Lake fire, managers will shift those resources to Healy Lake village to initiate standard structure protection measures. Part of the tentative strategy is to construct a dozer line above the village.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team arrives today to provide assistance with logistics and operational needs. The public is reminded that NO burning is allowed. For information regarding restrictions visit

www.akfireinfo.com. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over a large area which encompasses the fire.

A public Healy Lake Fire email account is available for information/questions: healylakefire@gmail.com

Website Information: Additional fire information and daily updates on the Healy Lake fire can be found at

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/. Visit www.akfireinfo.com for the latest updates on fires across Alaska. Maps of fire areas in Alaska are available on http://afsmaps.blm.gov/imf_fire/imf.jsp?site=fire, zoom in on the state map to see a rough perimeter of fires.

 

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