Rex Complex Fire update, June 25

Fire at a Glance
Size: Total 16,300 acres
Fish Creek Fire: 6,900 acres
Kobe Fire: 9,400 acres
Containment: 5%
Assigned personnel: 427
1 Heavy-lift helicopters
2 Medium-lift helicopters
Kobe: 6 miles SW of Anderson
Fish Cr: 5 mi. NE of Anderson
Fire Information Number: 907-582-1486
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The Rex Complex consists of two lightning-ignited fires: the Kobe Fire, 6 miles southwest of Anderson, Alaska; and the Fish Creek Fire, 5 miles northeast of Anderson. Total acreage burned is 16,300 acres, and overall containment is estimated at 5%.
The Kobe Fire advanced a little to the southwest on Wednesday, but no additional homes or structures were burned and the fire did not cross containment lines. The Kobe Fire is burning in black spruce, and the Fish Creek Fire is burning mostly in open grass and marsh.
Two crews from the Rex Complex have been dispatched to suppress a fire near Milepost 311 on the Parks Highway. The MP 311 Fire was stopped at 17 acres and is now being mopped up.
Warmer and dryer weather is forecast for today, with a high of 77 degrees, and relative humidity of 48%. Thunderstorm activity is expected, and winds from the southwest may gust up to 25 mph. Cooler weather is forecast for Friday, bringing a chance of isolated rain showers.
Although the fire perimeters have remained fairly stable over the last two days, the fires still have the possibility of impacting multiple communities, isolated homes and other structures, railroads, transmission lines, and highways. In addition, some structures within the Clear Air Force Station would be threatened in the unlikely event that the fire were to cross the Nenana River.
Fireline construction continues to be the primary activity of crews and equipment assigned to the Rex Complex. All of the Fish Creek Fire will be hand-lined because of the marshy conditions. A portion of the Kobe Fire has been dozer-lined. Bucket-loads of water are being dropped from helicopters to try to slow the fire’s advancement wherever it is threatening to spread.

As resources are demobilized from other fires over the weekend, more crews and equipment will be available to help put a more rapid stop to the fires within the Rex Complex.


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