Healy Lake Fire and Michigan Creek Fire update, July 5

Southern Area Gold Team
Sunday, July 5, 2015 9:00 AM
Fire Information Office – 907-895-1824
HealyLakeFireInfo@gmail.com

Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4312/
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Fire Information:

Safety Message

The 4th of July is gone for another year but you are still responsible for fires you start. Please enjoy your time in the outdoors and use caution.

Current Status

The Healy Lake Fire started on June 16, 2015 approximately 28 miles southeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. The cause was lightning. The acreage total is holding at 10,331. The fire is reported as 63% contained. Safety concerns have been created by rising river levels and increased risk of trees falling because of the recent rain and wind.

The Michigan Creek Fire started on June 17, approximately 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction, Alaska. This fire is estimated at approximately 9,601 acres and at 0% containment.

Planned Events

We are preparing long-term fire management strategy that will identify appropriate responses to fire activity as it develops. Recent rain has reduced fire activity significantly.

Healy Lake Fire

Most back hauling of excess supplies and used materials has been completed. On Friday and Saturday, over 11 tons were hauled out by helicopter. Remaining back haul will likely be transported out by boat. All supplies and equipment has been removed form Healy Village. Development of rehabilitation needs continue.

Michigan Creek Fire

We will continue to monitor by air.
Tomorrow, the Southern Area Gold Team will be transitioning the Healy Lake and Michigan Creek Fires to a Type 3 team.

Fire Weather

We are into our third day of drying weather after two days of rain. Yesterday’s temperature reached 81 degrees with a relative humidity of 24%. Winds were out of the South East at 6 MPH with Gusts to 14 MPH. Today’s forecast will be much like yesterday then hotter and drier on Monday.

Equipment

There is one light helicopter currently assigned to this incident; plus 1 medium helicopter is based here and available, unless needed for initial attack of a new fire or other higher priority use. Healy Lake aircraft will support new fires in the Delta response area should they be requested. Other resources: 1 Type 1 Crew, 12 Boats, and 1 Water Tender.

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Restrictions and Closures

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect over the Healy Lake Fire.
The Burn Ban has been lifted for most of Alaska, including the Delta Area. The burn closure is still in effect in Southwest Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage. For more information regarding restrictions, visit http://www.akfireinfo.com.

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