Aggie Creek Fire update, July 1

Contact Fire Information: 907-347-2637 – Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ Facebook: Aggie Creek Fire

Date of Detection: June 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM
Current Size: 15,601 acres (size decreased with more accurate mapping)
Location: 30 miles North West of Fairbanks along the Elliot Highway
Legal Description: 65° 12’ 0” x 148° 19’ 0”
Containment: 15%
Incident Cost: $1,710,434.00

Resources on Fire: There are currently 343 personnel on this incident, as well as the following resources:
Hot Shot Crews-2;  Type II Hand Crews-7;  IA Crews-2;  CRC-3;  Type 1 Helicopter-1;  Type 3 Helicopter-1;  Engines-1;  Dozer -2; Masticator-1.

Remarks:
This fire is being managed by the Great Basin Incident Command Team 3, Mark Rosenthal, Incident Commander (IC).

There is low fire behavior with smoldering, creeping in surface fuels and occasional torching in black spruce. Extensive areas along the fire perimeter and within the interior contain heat with limited active burning. Mostly cloudy conditions, reduced area smoke contributed to temperatures around 70° and relative humidity in the 40% range.

Heavy smoke can reduce visibility for motorists traveling along the Elliot Highway. High speed vehicle traffic along the Elliot Highway, A National Scenic Byway, poses a significant safety concern to firefighters. Please slow down and watch out for fire personnel.

The Hayes Creek fire is in aerial monitor status.

While there was no moisture on the fire overnight the forecast is for morning rain being with it cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The long range weather forecast calls for a warming trend with less precipitation. As the temperature’s rise, so does fire activity.

Fire Hazards:
The Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline, fiber optic cable and the Elliot Highway between mile markers 33 and 34, where the fire has crossed the highway.

Threatened Structures: 28 single residences, 24 other minor structures – No evacuations at this time.

Damaged or Destroyed Structures: None, at this time.

Closures: There is a Temporary Closure Order for the Western Portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area (see separate Closure Notice).
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