Baker Fire Update
Additional information can be found at:
Alaska Wildland Fire Information Center, 907-356-5511
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 estimated at 5,823 acres.
Hot, dry, and sunny conditions over the fire on Saturday increased fire behavior, not only on the Baker Fire, but also on other area fires. As a result of the easterly winds observed on the Baker Fire, the fire activity on the southeast flank of the fire was mostly a low intensity backing fire. The northwest flank of the fire showed isolated crown fire and torching, increasing the fire perimeter. Reported increase of 300 acres is an estimate until infrared flights are available to allow for better mapping.
The Beauty Fire showed no signs of fire during a reconnaissance flight on Saturday afternoon. Crews had worked on that fire earlier in the week and it remains in a patrol/monitor status.
Video footage of the Baker Fire taken on Saturday afternoon during one of the aerial reconnaissance flights is available on the Inciweb page for the Baker Fire. There is no audio or narration of the video, but it starts on the southwest corner of the fire and gives a good overview of the fire behavior observed. To view the video go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4338 then select photographs, and then click on Baker Fire Recon Flight 7-4-2015.
The community of Manley Hot Springs showed their appreciation for the hard work the firefighters are doing by recognizing them and thanking them during the annual July 4th festivities held in town. One of the engines assigned to the fire was able to participate in the parade held in Manley, and relayed those words of gratitude to the other firefighters that remained on the fireline.
Resources continue to arrive, replacing crews and overhead support positions that are nearing the end of their 14-day assignments. Today command of the fire transferred from Incident Commander (IC) Matt Martens to Incident Commander (IC) Tony Davis.
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.
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