Anaconda Creek and West Fork Fires update, July 4


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Incident Commander Rob Allen

As we all enjoy our 4th of July weekend it is important to be aware that fire personnel and equipment, including helicopters, will be operating on Chena Hot Springs Road between Two Rivers Elementary (MP 19) and Twin Bears Camp (MP 30). Traffic safety will be priority with the increase in holiday activities.

Crews on the West Fork Fire achieved 100% containment yesterday. All equipment and personnel were removed from the fire line. West Forks’ firefighters will be reassigned and flown into the Anaconda Fire today. Two Alaska hand crews also arrived yesterday, Pioneer Peak IHC (Interagency Hotshot Crew) and the UAF crew will aid in the ongoing efforts to secure the Anaconda Creek Fire. No progress was made on the contingency line due to poor road conditions, which will be reevaluated today.

Yesterday saw the transition from wet cold weather back to warmer and drier. This trend is forecasted to continue at least through Monday with highs in the upper 80s and relative humidity as low as 20%. Fire activity should increase in response to this trend, with potential for growth. Continued smoky skies are expected due to nearly 300 fires burning throughout Alaska.

Closures remain in effect for all trails 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

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

Quick Fact

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage Anaconda: 1091 acres West Fork: 231 acres

Fire Containment Anaconda: 23 % West Fork: 100 %

Start Date: June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 251

Structures Lost 0

Jurisdiction: Alaska Division of Forestry

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





Categories: Active Wildland Fire

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