Aggie Creek Fire update, July 04

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: 12,385 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: $3,047,020.00

Resources on Fire: There are currently 429 personnel on this incident, as well as the following resources:

Hot Shot Crews-2;   Type II Hand Crews-7; IA Crews-2;  CRC -2; Type 1 Helicopter -1; Type 3 Helicopter-1;  Type 4 Engines -1; Type 6 Engines-3;  Water Tender-1;  Skidgine-1;  Masticator-1

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

Low to Moderate fire behavior with smoldering and creeping in surface fuels through the morning; extensive areas along the west, northwest and southwest perimeter containing heat began active burning and torching in black spruce in the late afternoon with temperatures around 65° and relative humidity in the 40-45% range.

Poor 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.

Lower humidity and gusty southwest winds contributed to increased surface burning and active torching/spotting in black spruce with fire spreading along the perimeter. Moderate spread potential to the north, west and east with higher temperatures and lower humidity is expected over the next 24 hours.

The Hayes Creek and Globe Creek fires are in aerial patrol status.

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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