Baker Fire Update
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)
Baker Fire Information on Inciweb
Baker Fire #456, North Fork Fire #457 and the Beauty Fire #551 are being administratively managed together as the Baker Fire. 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 5,523 acres.
A public meeting was held for residents of Manley Hot Springs and Eureka on Wednesday evening to update them on the current status of firefighting efforts and strategies.
Area smoke dissipated on Thursday afternoon, once again allowing air resources to be used on the fires. A reconnaissance flight showed no activity on the Beauty fire; however today crews will be inserted via helicopter, to continue with direct suppression activities that were started several days ago. The ground crews will be assisted with helicopters doing bucket drops.
On Thursday crews performed a practice run on the structure protection operations in the Eureka area. They started up the pumps to run the sprinkler systems that have been strategically setup around residences. In performing the practice run, crews and resources that have just arrived on the incident became familiar with where to go and how the systems are set up, if they are 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.