Anaconda Creek Fire update, June 25

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage: 2147 acres

Fire Containment: 0%

Incident Commander: Rob Allen

Start Date:  June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 141

Structures: Lost 0

Jurisdiction: Fairbanks North Star Borough

Cooperators: Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Rob Allen, Incident Commander The Alaska Incident Management Type 2 Team led by Incident Commander Rob Allen took command of the fire at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The Incident Command Post is set up at the Pleasant Valley Community Center located at milepost 23 on Chena Hot Springs Road. The team is currently developing strategies and ordering resources to manage the fire.

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Two specialists will be arriving today to begin updating the existing structure protection plans and work with the Fairbanks North Star Borough to update evacuation planning for the Pleasant Valley and Two Rivers communities.

Currently the cabin owners in the Anaconda Creek area have been advised of the threat of a wildfire in their area. If evacuations are needed, the Alaska Incident Management Type 2 Team will advise the Fairbanks North Star Borough and they will contact affected community members. For further information on how notifications would be made visit http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/.

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has closed the following trails and back country public use cabins along the north side of Chena Hot Springs Road: Compeau, Stiles Creek, Stiles Creek Extension, Chena Dome, and Angel Creek Hillside Trails. Cabins affected by the closure include Colorado, Stiles, Upper and Lower Angel Creek. This temporary restriction will be lifted once area fire danger diminishes. For further information about these closures, contact Brooks Ludwig at 907-451-2698 or email brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov

Campgrounds, front country cabins, and all trails on the south side of the Chena Hot Springs Road including the Chena River are open. Chena Hot Springs and local businesses also remain open.

Smoky conditions are expected to continue in the coming days. Please drive with caution and with lights on at all times. The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory illness or heart disease, the elderly, and children to avoid exposure to smoke. Avoid outdoor activities and physical exertion when in areas of excessive smoke. For further information about smoke conditions, contact the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation at http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories.

Public information regarding the fire can be obtained by calling 907-799-5486 or contacting anacondacreekfire@gmail.com.

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