Anaconda Creek Fire update, June 27

Quick Facts
Incident Summary
Approximate Acreage 1379 acres Anaconda
200 acres West Fork
Fire
Containment 0%
Incident Commander Rob Allen

Start Date: June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 187
Structures Lost: 0
Jurisdiction: Fairbanks North Star Borough
Cooperators: Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Cooler weather continued to moderate fire growth of the Anaconda Creek Fire on Friday. The fire remains at 1,379 acres and has not crossed over Anaconda or Caribou Creek. Crews made progress yesterday improving existing trails to increase access to the fire perimeter. Firefighters will continue work on the 2004 Boundary fuel break to strengthen the line between the fire’s edge and the community of Pleasant Valley.
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The Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team has assumed command of the West Fork Fire which is approximately five miles up the West Fork drainage, north of Mile Post 53 on Chena Hot Springs Road. It is approximately 200 acres in size. As fire crews and aviation resources mobilize to the incident they will be directly suppressing the fire to minimize the spread and impact to cabins in the area. 

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Due to this new fire, Alaska State Parks has expanded the current trail and cabin closures in the Chena River State Recreation Area. The North Fork Public Use Cabin and the Angel Rocks Trail will be closed until the danger from fire diminishes. On Tuesday, Alaska State Parks restricted use on all trails and cabins north of the road. These closures are also still in effect. 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.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698, brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov

Today’s predicted weather brings rain and cooler temperatures. Fairbanks and the surrounding communities will experience areas of dense smoke with continued moist conditions through Sunday.

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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