Aggie Creek Fire update, July 2

Aggie Creek Fire Update
July 02, 2015

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: 50%
Incident Cost: $2,479,856.00

Resources on Fire: There are currently 455 personnel on this incident, as well as the following resources:

Hot Shot Crews-2;  Type II Hand Crews-8;  IA Crews-3;  CRC-3;  Type 1 Helicopter -1; Type 3 Helicopter -1; Engines-1;  Skidgine-1;  Masticator-1.

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

Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering, creeping in surface fuels and occasional torching in black spruce. Extensive areas along the fire perimeter and within the interior contain heat. Cloudy conditions and dense smoke contributed to temperatures around 60° and relative humidity in the 70-75% 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 patrol status.

New start 3 miles north of Globe Creek Camp; the Globe Creek Fire, has been contained at 0.75 acres using retardant and smoke jumpers. Fire is in aerial patrol status.

Minimal fire spread is expected; cloud cover, smoke from area fires, cool temperatures, higher RH and lingering effects of rain showers, along with additional shower potential moderate surface burning and limit perimeter spread. Fire spread is expected to be low, with the potential to spread slowly increasing depending on cloud cover, smoke, forecasted warmer temperatures and rate of recovery from past rainfall.

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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