Granite – La Grande – Blair – Fires Update
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 10 AM
Fire Information Office – 907-356-5511 — Open: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Started: June 27
La Grande Fire
Started: June 19
Cause: Under Investigation
Equipment: Nodwell, 1 helicopter
Started: June 20
Acres: 25, 864
Equipment: 3 jet boats
A public meeting is planned for Tuesday June 30, at 7 PM in the Community Center, across from City Hall, in Delta Junction. The fires listed below as well as the Healy Lake and Michigan Creek fires will be discussed.
All fires listed are being managed by an Alaska Type 3 Management Team.
Significant rain, possibly an inch, is expected to fall starting Tuesday through Thursday further moderating fire activity.
La Grande Fire:
The 4.5 mile long dozer line has been completed near the boundary of the military range and State land. A Fire Use crew is finishing construction and testing of the remaining 1.5 miles of hose lay next to the dozer line. All structure protection equipment installed around cabins has been tested. There is a contingency line north of the cabins to protect Whitestone. An assessment will be made by fire managers after Wednesday’s rain, to determine if there is any need to burnout areas near the cabins.
Personnel from the Flaming Gorge Fire Use Model will return to the base camp Tuesday evening in anticipation of the weather change. After Wednesday’s rainfall, the 10-person Fire Use crew will continue to monitor the fire, particularly near cabin areas.
Objectives are to provide structure protection to cabins on State land, protect the community of Whitestone, protect high value timber, and limit resource damage (fisheries, cultural) done by dozers. The La Grande fire is located 12 miles southwest of Delta Junction, which is south of the confluence of the Delta River with the Tanana River. The La Grande fire is on military lands managed by Fort Greeley Army installation.
All 19 structures in and near the fire area have been prepped and plumbed with structure protection equipment (Mile 5 Clear Creek, Tanana River West Staking Area). Visible fire activity observed on Monday’s recon flight was smoldering and creeping. The outcome of the predicted rainy weather will dictate what future firefighting actions will be taken on this fire.
Two Fire Use crews remain on the fire today. Eight personnel will monitor the fire Wednesday. Three jet boats are being used to ferry personnel and equipment. The fire is 39 miles southeast of Fairbanks. It started on State Forestry lands, moving on to military lands.
The 7 acre Granite fire is in the east Donnelly training area. Only 1 smoke was visible on a recent recon flight. Mop up of 100% of the fire will be completed Tuesday. The crew will demob from the fire.