Aggie Creek Fire update, July 06

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: 16,939 acres (size may increase or 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: 40%
Incident Cost: $4,490,698.00

Resources on Fire: There are currently 641 personnel on this incident, as well as the following resources:

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

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

Smoke makes for 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.

There was active fire behavior with torching and spotting in black spruce that initiated midafternoon. Fire continued to spread to the northwest along the western perimeter with temperatures around 76° and relative humidity 33% with south southwest winds 4 mph, gusting to 10 mph. Spotting occurred over some of the containment line resulting in reduction of containment from 50% to 40%.

Today there will be a red flag warning from 12 am to 10 pm in the fire area only. Hot temperatures and very low humidity will exist over the fire area. Increasing southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph with gust to 20 mph will develop during the afternoon and evening hours.

The White Mountain Recreation Area has been closed once again because of the threat of fire. Please pay attention to the signs and stay out of the area.

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

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.
Closures: A temporary closure of the western section of the White Mountain National Recreation Area was reinstated on Sunday, July 05.

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