Tanana Area Fires update, June 28

Facts at a Glance
Spicer Creek (6 mi. NE Tanana) ~ 23,555 acres;

Tozitna (4 mi. NW Tanana) ~52,744 acres

Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~8,403 acres

Kochrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;

Hay Slough (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~ 35,347 acres

Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~20,700 acres

Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~7,127 acres;

Blind River (20 mi. SW Tanana) ~37,742 acres

Date Started: 06/19/2015

Percent Containment: 0%

Personnel: Various support/logistics personnel; Four Type 2 – IA crews; two, Type 1- Interagency Hotshot Crews.

Aircraft: One, Type 2 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter.

Equipment: 8 boats, 3 dozers

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, Kochrine, 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.


Smoke still covers much of the fire areas; however, late Saturday, visibility increased enough to enable some flights into Tanana. As a result, most of the crews and supplies (awaiting transport from Fairbanks to Tanana) were transported to the Tanana ICP, either via aircraft from Fairbanks or by boat (from Manley Hot Springs).

A warming weather trend with increased winds is forecast for the next few days, with the potential for thunderstorms Sunday, that could bring gusty, erratic winds. Consequently, fire spread and intensity could increase. Fuel breaks, dozer lines, and hose-lay are complete around the north side of the village, and improvements are almost complete around the Mission Hill area. Today crews will continue structure protection efforts and will work to strengthen fuel break and contingency lines around Mission Hill and structures north along the Tanana-Allakaket winter trail.

Near Moose Point and Kochrine fires, firefighters continued improving structure protection and microwave tower point protection efforts for the Kochrine Bible Camp and a nearby cabin, and thus far efforts are holding.

With additional crews now available and structure protection measures nearing completion around the community of Tanana, point-protection efforts for more out-lying structures up and down the Yukon River will be starting today. Incident Commander Roger Staats noted, “we have a lot of work in front of us, with approximately 100 miles of riverfront to protect.”

Special Announcements: A public meeting will be held Monday, June 29, at noon at the Tanana Community Hall to provide fire information updates. A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for the village of Tanana.

For more info: Please contact Information Officers, Jennifer Costich or Steve Till, Tanana school ICP, at 907-987-9835 or NorthIdahoTeamOne@gmail.com. Inciweb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov) also provides fire information. From the Inciweb homepage, select “Spicer Creek” or “Tozitna” fires from the drop down list at the top right of the page. To obtain fire information regarding other fires in Alaska, contact the Alaska Joint Information Center at 907-356-5511.


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