Tanana Area fires update, June 25

Facts at a Glance
Size: Spicer Creek ~ 24,000 acres;
Tozitna ~33,500 acres
Moose Point ~5,900 acres Kokrine ~1,600 acres;
Hay Slough ~ 24,000 acres
Bering Creek ~20,300 acres
Harper Bend ~4,300 acres;
Blind River ~18,500 acres Date Started: 06/19/2015 Percent Containment: 0%
Personnel: Various support/logistics personnel; Two, Type 2 – IA crews; One, Type 1- Interagency Hotshot Crew; various support personnel; plus 3 more 20-person crews in Fairbanks, awaiting conditions for air transport to Tanana. Aircraft: One, Type 2 helicopter, plus shared air resources
Equipment: 6 boats Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: Alaska Fire Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Division of Forestry, Tanana Village Council, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), Doyon, Tanana Volunteer Fire Department

The Spicer Creek, Tozitna, Hay Slough, Moose Point, Kokrine, Blind River, Bering Creek, and Harper Bend fires are all burning on the AFS- Tanana Fire Management Zone. Most of those started as a result of lightning storms on Friday, June 19th . Roger Staats’ North Idaho Incident Management Team (IMT) began managing these fires at 06:00a.m. Monday, June 22. An Incident Command Post is located at the Tanana school.
Spicer Creek fire is burning approximately seven miles northeast of Tanana, Alaska. The Tozitna fire is burning approximately four miles northwest of Tanana. The Hay Slough and Harper Bend fires are burning approximately six miles southeast of Tanana. Moose Point and Kokrine fires are burning approximately fifty miles downstream of Tanana to the west/southwest. Bering Creek and Chitanana fires merged on June 23rd and will be referred to as the Bering Creek fire; they are burning approximately thirty-seven miles southwest of Tanana, south of the Yukon River. The Blind River fire is about twenty miles southwest of Tanana and is also south of the Yukon River.
Wednesday, dense smoke blanketed Tanana, which limited visibility to less than ½ mile for much of the day and impeded air operations, including delivery of additional crews and supplies awaiting transport to Tanana from Fairbanks. However, smoke also shaded area fires, which helped limit heat build-up and fire spread. Both the community of Tanana and firefighting crews capitalized on relatively quiet fire behavior. Homeowners continued clearing brush and debris from homes in town, a volunteer brush-cutting crew coordinated with fire-fighting crews, and the volunteer fire department prepared equipment (such as hose-lay and fold-up tanks) and coordinated planning efforts with fire managers. Firefighters used saw crews and dozers to continue indirect line, fuel break, and contingency line construction around town. So far, fuel break and dozer line is completed from Airport road (on the west) east to the Tanana-Allakaket winter trail (Site Road), and crews continued structure protection and contingency line construction around Mission Hill and up the Tanana-Allakaket winter trail.
Near Moose Point and Kokrine fires, firefighters continued improving structure protection and microwave tower point protection efforts, including hose-lay and sprinklers needed for the Kochrine Bible Camp and a nearby cabin.
Special Announcements: A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for the community of Tanana. Dense smoke (sometimes ¼- ½ mile visibility) continues in the area, which equates to “Hazardous” air quality.
For more info: Please contact Information Officer, Jennifer Costich at 907-987-9835, in the Tanana school ICP or NorthIdahoTeamOne@gmail.com if you have questions concerning these fires. To obtain fire information regarding other fires in Alaska, contact the Alaska Joint Information Center at 907-356-5511.


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