Anaconda Creek and West Fork Fires update, July 6

Rob Allen, Incident Commander

This is the final update from the Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team.

The fire is transitioning to a Type 3 team today

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4321/

Facebook: Anaconda Creek Fire

E-mail: anacondacreekfire@gmail.com

Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage Anaconda: 1091 acres West Fork: 231 acres

Fire Containment Anaconda: 68 % West Fork: 100%

Start Date: June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: 212

Structures Lost: 0

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

Future updates for the Anaconda Creek Fire will continue from the Type 3 team that will be assuming command today at 8:00 a.m.

Incident Management Teams are classified from Type 1 (more complex) to Type 5 (least complex). Transitioning the management of the Anaconda Creek Fire from a Type 2 to a Type 3 incident indicates that fire operations and support functions will be downsized to reflect the decreasing needs of fire suppression efforts.

Sunday the West Fork Fire was checked by helicopter. No smoke was seen and West Fork remains in monitor status.

Yesterday on the Anaconda Creek Fire, crews continued to work the fire’s edge, extinguishing heat and mopping up. Firefighters have secured the north, east and southern perimeters.

Today they will focus on securing the western flank and mopping up the already secured edge 300 feet in from the fire line. Crews were also able to access the contingency dozer line and made good progress thinning fuels on the north side of the line. Today critical fire weather is expected with highs approaching 90 degrees and relative humidity dropping to the lower 20s. This weather may produce an increase in fire behavior with potential for growth. The forecast is calling for a trend toward cooler temperatures and precipitation as early as Tuesday.

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 brooks.ludwig@alaska.gov.

Temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect over the Anaconda Creek Fire. The West Fork TFR has been lifted.

Pilots are advised to visit http://www.pilotweb.nas.faa.gov to view these Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), and additional TFRs also in place across Alaska.

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