Anaconda Creek & West Fork Fires Fire Information 907-799-5486 Fire Update – Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1091 acres Anaconda
231 acres West Fork
Fire Containment: 0%
Incident Commander: Rob Allen
Start Date: June 20, 2015
Total Personnel: 215
Structures Lost: 0
Jurisdiction: Fairbanks North Star Borough
Cooperators: Alaska Division of Forestry, Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Fire behavior on the Anaconda Creek Fire was active Monday, with isolated torching of black spruce along the fire’s southern perimeter. A hotshot crew was shuttled to the fire Monday by helicopter, establishing a spike-camp in the vicinity of the fire.
A helicopter dropping buckets of water cooled hotspots as the crew began constructing fireline on the southeast flank. An additional hand crew will be shuttled by helicopter to the Anaconda Creek Fire today. Aerial re-mapping of the perimeter Monday calculated the fire’s actual size to be 1,091 acres.
Hand crews and bulldozers continued improving a contingency line southwest of the Anaconda Creek Fire.
Fifteen miles northeast of the Anaconda Creek Fire, the West Fork Fire also displayed increased fire activity Monday under clear skies. A hand crew will be shuttled to the fire by helicopter today to begin fireline construction.
Angel Rocks Trail has been re-opened to the public. Closures remain in effect for all trails and cabins north of Chena Hot Springs Road in the Chena River State Recreation Area. All trails south of Chena Hot Springs Road are open. Chena Hot Springs and local businesses also remain open. For more information about closures please contact Brooks Ludwig at (907) 451-2698, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motorists along Chena Hot Springs Road are advised to use caution in areas where fire crews and equipment are working.
Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) are now in effect over the Anaconda Creek Fire and the West Fork Fire. Pilots are advised to visit http://www.pilotweb.nas.faa.gov to view these Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), and additional TFRs also in place across Alaska.
Tuesday’s forecast calls for dry conditions again in the fire area, giving way to wetting rain on Wednesday. Thursday marks the beginning of a warm, drying trend expected to persist through the weekend and into next week.