Anaconda Creek and West Fork Fires update, July 2

Incident Commander Rob Allen

Fire Information 907-378-7181


Facebook: Anaconda Creek Fire


Quick Facts Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage:  Anaconda: 1091 acres;  West Fork: 231 acres

Fire Containment: Anaconda: 0 %;  West Fork: 60%;

Start Date: June 20, 2015  Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 215

Structures Lost: 0

Jurisdiction: Alaska Division of Forestry  Cooperators: Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Yesterday, favorable weather conditions and hard work by the fire crews resulted in 60 percent containment of the West Fork Fire.

Poor road conditions caused by the weather prevented additional improvement on the pre-existing dozer line on the Anaconda Creek Fire. Ground fuels will continue to hold heat, and fire weakened black spruce may occasionally torch, but no growth is expected on the fire.

Additional precipitation is expected today, but is expected to yield to partial clearing skies and slightly warmer temperatures. Today’s weather is not expected to have a significant change in fire behavior, but the return of hotter, drier weather this weekend could result in increased fire activity within the fire area.

Today, fire crews are expecting to fully contain the West Fork Fire. Crews on the Anaconda Creek Fire will be assisted by additional crews, and will focus their efforts on containment and hot spots along the southern edge of the fire. Firefighters anticipate being able to continue improving the pre-existing dozer line.

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

The fire information phone number has changed. Please call (970) 378-7181 for updates on both the Anaconda Creek and West Fork Fires.

Temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) are in effect over the Anaconda Creek Fire and the West Fork Fire. Pilots are advised to visit to view these Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), and additional TFRs also in place across Alaska.



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