Aggie Creek Fire update, July 5

Contact Fire Information: 907-347-2637 – Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Facebook: Aggie Creek Fire


A temporary closure of the western section of the White Mountain National Recreation Area will be reinstated on Sunday, July 05.

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: $3,724,695.00

Resources on Fire: There are currently 482 personnel on this incident, as well as the following resources:

Hot Shot Crews-4;  Type II Hand Crews-12;  IA Crews-2;  CRC-3;  Type 1 Helicopter-3;  Type 3 Helicopter-1;  Type 3 Engines-1;  Type 4 Engines-1;  Type 6 Engines-4;  Water tenders-1;  Skidgine-1; Masticator-1

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

Very active fire behavior with torching and spotting in black spruce that initiated midday. Fire spread to the northwest occurred along the western perimeter through the afternoon with temperatures around 77°, relative humidity 25-30%, and southeast winds 6-7 mph, gusting to 12-13 mph.

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.

Moderate to high fire spread to the north, west and east is expected on the west flank of the fire as temperatures increase, humidity decreases and winds shift to the southwest over the next 24 hours.

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

Note: The closure of the western portion of the White Mtn National Recreation Area has be reinstated.

Values at Risk:
The Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline, fiber optic cable, Tatalina subdivision 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.


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