Anaconda Fire update, June 26

Rob Allen, Incident Commander

Acres: 1,379

Start Date: June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 151

Aerial reconnaissance of the Anaconda Creek Fire on Thursday enabled fire managers to accurately re-map the fire’s perimeter, plotting the fire’s actual size at 1,379 acres. Previous fire mapping relied on heat imagery from satellites, which distort topographic map features. Fire behavior was moderate Thursday, with short-range spotting in dense black spruce, mainly on the fire’s southeast corner.

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Remote radio repeaters were established in the vicinity of the fire to improve communications between firefighters in the field and fire managers at the incident command post (ICP), located at the Pleasant Valley Community Center on Chena Hot Springs Road. The fire is being managed by Alaska’s Type 2 Incident Management Team.

A new fire was discovered to the southeast of the Anaconda Fire, about five miles due north from milepost 50 of Chena Hot Springs Road. The West Fork Fire has burned about 200 acres. The Anaconda Fire Incident Management Team will support the Alaska Division of Forestry with the management of the West Fork Fire as needed.

Today’s predicted weather includes a similar pattern to Thursday, with periods of dense smoke giving way to a chance of thunderstorms developing tonight.

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.

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

The Department of Environmental Conservation advises people with respiratory illness or heart disease, the elderly, and children to avoid smoke exposure and outdoor activities. For information about smoke conditions, contact the Department of Environmental Conservation at http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories.

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