Galena Zone Fires update, July 6

Contact: Public Information Officer: Peri Suenram
Phone: 907-987-9838

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What: Galena Zone Fires

Cause: Lightning

Location: A series of fires are located on both sides of the Yukon River within the Galena Fire Management Zone and the western end of the Tanana Zone, stretching over 150 river miles from east to west. The major firefighting efforts at this time are concentrated on 3 fires on the south side of the Yukon River near the village of Ruby and on 1 fire near the village of Nulato.

Fire Names:

The following fires are now being reported in the daily Incident Status Summary (ICS-209) as “Middle Yukon Fires”: Nulato #458 (26039 acres), Ruby Slough #423 (49 acres), Bruno Creek #479 (13157 acres), and Big Creek Two #533 (64973 acres). The Eldorado #576, Kaiyuh #351, and Sulatna #429 fires are in a monitoring status.

Size: Approximately 104,000 acres.

Nulato Fires: Firefighting efforts in the Nulato area remained focused on continuing mop up and suppression again on Sunday. The fire moved slightly to the west along South Fork Creek and the northeast finger continues to creep. Current fire modeling indicates reduced potential for spread over the next 14 days for the Nulato Fire. Community and structure protection work is completed in Nulato and Koyukuk and will be left in place for contingency actions. Firefighter resources will be reduced on this fire and reallocated to other fires in the Galena Zone. Training for local crews on chainsaw technique and was concluded on Sunday.

Ruby Fires: The Big Creek Two Fire grew to the south Sunday and is nearing Smith Slough. The Smith Slough, FWS Admin Cabin, and the Atchley Cabins are staffed with firefighters who are creating defensible space around the structures. Bruno Fire experienced limited growth on the northwest corner but was exhibiting active fire behavior including group torching and headfire. The White Mountain crew is conducting suppression and mop up operations on the Ruby Slough fire and has secured line about 200 feet in from the fire’s edge. Structure assessment and protection activities are continuing throughout the area and will be prioritized based on long term analysis modeling. To date, structure protection assessments have been completed on approximately 52 remote structures. The public is urged to limit travel on Poorman Road, which is experiencing active fire, to minimize conflicts with the firefighting forces.

Other Galena Zone Fires: The Galena Zone BLM personnel are closely monitoring other fires in the zone. Smokejumpers were inserted into the Camp Creek Mine fire which flared up on Sunday. Structure protection plans are in place for any fires that threaten private property.

There is a Notice to Airmen in effect for a 25 mile radius around the village of Ruby. For other areas, please see and avoid air traffic around fires.

Weather: Humidity will be in the 29 to 92% range today. Fire behavior analysts have found that 39% and lower is the trigger which supports large fire growth, so fire behavior may be moderate again on Monday. Isolated thunderstorms will continue to be a possibility. The forecasted warmer weather and lower humidity is anticipated to remain over the area contributing to active fire behavior and growth.

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