Healy Lake and Michigan Creek Fire update, July 2

Southern Area Gold Team
Wednesday, July 2, 2015 9:00 AM
Fire Information Office – 907-895-1824

Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.
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Safety Message:

The 4th of July is coming up. Please enjoy your time in the outdoors but use caution. You are responsible for fires you start. Let’s celebrate our freedom without starting new wildfires.

Due to today’s forecast rain, there is a small stream flood advisory for Fairbanks. This advisory is not likely to impact our fire operation, but always use extreme caution when enjoying the great outdoors.

Current Status:

The Healy Lake Fire started on June 16, 2015 approximately 28 miles southeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. The cause was lightning. The acreage total today is 10,331. The fire is reported as 31% contained. With today’s rainfall and winds, the risk of trees falling in the fire area is a safety concern, as well as the significant rise in river levels around the fire.
The Michigan Creek Fire started on June 17, approximately 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. This fire is estimated at approximately 9,601 acres and at 0% containment.

Planned Events:

We are preparing long-term fire management strategy that will identify appropriate responses to fire activity as it develops. Today’s rain is reducing fire activity, but we are prepared to increase our activity as warming and drying trends occur.
Healy Lake Fire – Crews will continue point protection around structures. Structure preparation is being conducted on numerous values at risk. Contingency line location on the north flank of the fire is being identified. Values needing improved protection are also being identified in Healy Village. Backhauling of empty fuel drums, excess equipment and supplies will continue.
Michigan Creek Fire – We will continue to monitor by air, as weather permits.

Fire Weather

Rain fall of 1.4 inches was recorded over the fire area yesterday; the high temperature reached 49 degrees. Thursday forecast includes an additional inch of rain with a high in the low 50s. A drying period is possible over the July 4th weekend.


There are 2 light helicopters currently assigned to this incident; plus 1 medium helicopter is based here and available, unless needed for initial attack of a new fire or other higher priority use. Healy Lake aircraft will support new fires in the Delta response area should they be requested. Other resources: 1 Type 1 Crew, 4 Type 2 Crews, 14 Boats, and 1 Water Tender.

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Restrictions and Closures

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect over the Healy Lake Fire.
The Burn Ban has been lifted for most of Alaska, including the Delta Area. The burn closure is still in effect in Southwest Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage. For more information regarding restrictions, visit http://www.akfireinfo.com.

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