1:00 p.m.—Cooler temperatures and wetting rains have assisted with the firefighting efforts in the area. The Type 3 Incident Management Team that had been managing the Blair and La Grande fires transitioned the fires to a Type 4 organization on 7/1.
Blair Fire: Minimal fire behavior has been reported. Smoky conditions may affect surrounding areas and communities as the fire continues to smolder. The fire is expected to continue to creep to the east, but under current conditions no large increase in acres is expected. The Unaweep Wildland Fire Module will remain on the fire and complete prep work on cabins along the river.
Please use caution and slow down when traveling on Clear Creek from the Salcha boat launch to the 5 mile Clear Creek community. Fire personnel are working in the area and utilizing the river to transport personnel and supplies.
La Grande Fire: A series of pumps, hoses and nozzles are in place for the protection of structures on the La Grande Fire. In addition, protection of high value timber in the area has been completed. Although all fire personnel have been released from the fire, protection equipment will remain in place. If the fire behavior increases due to weather changes, such as high temperatures, low relative humidity and/or high winds, the fire will be staffed again. The fire will be monitored daily by incident personnel.
For further information on the Blair or La Grande fires, contact the Alaska Fire Service public information officer at (907) 244-9376. Information is also available online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/169/.
For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or https://akfireinfo.com/. Information is also available by calling the Alaska Interagency Joint Information Center at (907) 356-5511.