Healy Lake Fire & Michigan Creek Fire updates, June 26

Southern Area Gold Team
Friday, June 26, 2015 9:00 AM
Fire Information Office – 907895-1824

Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.


Fire Information:
Stop by the Information Center in Room 48 at Nister High School in Delta Junction, AK
Current Status

The Healy Lake Fire started on June 16, 2015 approximately 25 miles southeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. The cause was lightning. A second fire, the Healy River Fire, was reported briefly as a separate fire, but is currently being managed as a part of the Healy Lake Fire. The acreage total today is 10,000. The fire is reported as 3% contained. Fire Managers met earlier with residents of Healy Lake Village to discuss structure protection plans for the village which will include a mixture of contingency line, secondary dozer line, possible burn outs of those lines and sprinkler systems for buildings. The contingency and dozer line will be designed to provide village-wide protection.
The Michigan Creek Fire started on June 17, approximately 9-10 miles northeast of Healy Lake. This fire is estimated at approximately 10,329 acres and at 0% containment. There is very little information available at this time about this fire, and it is in monitoring only status.
This morning at 6:00 AM, the Southern Area Gold Team under the leadership of Incident Commander Marty Bentley assumed command of these fires. Note new phone number and email address at top for the Information Center.

Planned Events

Healy Lake Fire – Structure protection measures are being evaluated and reinforced. Crews will continue to conduct mop-up of hot spots, as there is huge possibility of reburn in the deep organic material.
Fire managers will continue to meet with village residents in developing strategies for Healy Lake village. An Archeologist will assist firefighters in identifying strategies to protect cultural resources. Residents are proceeding with fuels reduction efforts around village buildings. Logistics and access are huge issues on this fire, as transporting firefighters, supplies, and equipment to the fire location is complicated, requiring air and/or water transportation into a roadless area . Air support is extremely limited, yet critical to the management needs for this fire. Safety issues, including medical transport plans and potential for “blow down” of trees, are a priority focus.

Michigan Creek Fire – No plans for today beyond monitoring.


There are no aircraft currently assigned to this incident; however, 2 Type 3 helicopters are based here and available, unless needed for intial attack of a new fire or other higher priority use.
Other resources: 4 Type Two crews, 4 engine, 3 dozers, 20 boats, and 1 fuel tender.
Staff 173

Restrictions and Closures

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect over the Healy Lake Fire.
The public is reminded that NO burning is allowed. For information regarding restrictions visit http://www.akfireinfo.com.

Fire Weather

Expect thunderstorms and scattered rain today through tonight. Overall moisture will increase over the fire area today, slowing spread. Relative Humidity is expected to be 50% with temperatures in the low 70’s. Light winds are expected today, becoming SW 10-15 mph in the afternoon.


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