Anaconda Creek Fire update, June 28

Anaconda Creek Fire Update
June 28, 2015
Incident Summary
Approximate Acreage:
Anaconda: 1379 acres
West Fork Fire: 220 acres
Containment: 0%
Incident Commander: Rob Allen
Start Date: June 20, 2015
Cause: Lightning
Total Personnel: 201
Structures Lost: 0
Jurisdiction: Fairbanks North Star Borough
Cooperators: Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Both the Anaconda Creek and West Fork fires received between 0.1 and 0.3 inches of precipitationSaturday. This weekends’ moist, cool weather pattern has significantly slowed fire behavior and growth. Wet weather hampered firefighting efforts, making safe access to and from the fires a challenge. 
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On the Anaconda Creek fire, indirect attack continues.  The intent of fire operations is to corral the fire away from the Pleasant Valley/Two Rivers area by utilizing natural barriers and improving pre-existing dozer line. The West Fork fire is being evaluated for direct attack. Current access to the fire for hand crews is poor, alternative routes are being scouted.

A warming and drying trend is expected to start as early as Monday and continue building through mid-week. A moderate amount of rain has fallen but fuels remain dry. With the return of warmer weather comes the potential of both fires to burn aggressively and to grow quickly.

As of Friday 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 recreational access to the Chena River, are open. Chena Hot Springs and local businesses also remain open.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698, 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 athttp://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories.

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