Tanana Area Fires update, June 29

Monday, 06/29/2015, 10:00a.m.
Facts at a Glance
Size:
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, 2 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

Tanana Area 6-29

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.

The warming weather trend with increased winds will continue for the next few days, with the potential for scattered rain showers and thunderstorms; however, light rains will not likely decrease fire intensity or spread. As skies clear fire behavior is likely to increase. The clearing skies also allow supply flights into Tanana and reconnaissance flights over the fire areas. 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 will continue enhancing structure protection and microwave tower point protection efforts for the Kochrine Bible Camp and a nearby cabin. Thus far, protection efforts are holding.

Reconnaissance and point-protection efforts for more out-lying structures up and down the Yukon River and up the Tanana River will continue today. Spike camps will be established and supplied by boat in order to reduce long travel times and increase fire fighting efficiency.

Special Announcements: A public meeting will be held TODAY, Monday, June 29, at noon at the Tanana Community Hall to provide fire 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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