Baker Fire Update
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
A public meeting will be held Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Hot Springs Hall in Manley to inform the community of the current status of the Baker Fire #456, North Fork Fire #457 and the Beauty Fire #551. All three fires lie to the north of Baker Creek and the Elliott Highway, between mileposts 131 & 137, and south of New York Creek. The combined acreage of these fires is 5,543 acres.
On Tuesday morning a 10-person crew took advantage of the clear skies and flew via helicopter to the #551 Beauty Fire and worked on extinguishing an area that still shows signs of fire activity. The crew was able to complete some direct line suppression and worked with helicopters using buckets to cool some hotspots for several hours before the smoke began settling into the area, prompting them to be extracted before the helicopters were grounded due to limited visibility.
Tuesday afternoon smoke began settling back into the area. As of Wednesday, the smoke still persists, limiting visibility and preventing air resources from being used. Today crews will be working along the Elliot Highway, between milepost 131 and 137, to thin vegetation on the north side of the highway, in the event that a burnout operation is needed in the future.
Additional hose, pumps and supplies are continuing to arrive, allowing crews to continue enhancing the structure protection systems in the Baker Creek/Eureka area.
Some crews and resources that have been working this and other Alaska fires are reaching their length of assignment limitations. They are being replaced by new resources as needed, and are overlapping so that information is transferred.
An Incident Command Post (ICP) has been set up at the Manley Hot Springs School. Fire Information will be posted at the board set up next to the Roadhouse. Additional information about other fires in the area will be posted as it is made available.
Additional information can be found at:
Alaska Wildland Fire Information Center, 907-356-5511
For a listing of all active fires in Alaska (Alaska Interagency Coordination Center)
Current fire maps from (Alaska Interagency Coordination Center)