Southern Area Gold Team
Monday, July 6, 2015 9:00 AM
Today’s update will be the final update produced by the Southern Area Gold Team, which will be leaving on Tuesday.
Fire Information Office – 907-244-9376
Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM. to 9:00 PM.
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Change of Command At 6AM on Tuesday morning, July 7, 2015, management of the Healy Lake and Michigan Creek Fires will be transferred to a Type 3 Incident Management Team under leadership of Incident Commander Glenn Farnsworth.
Future updates will be produced if there is a need to communicate significant fire activity. Members of the Gold Team appreciate the warm welcome and community support we have received, and many plan to visit Alaska again under more relaxing circumstances.
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 today is 10,443. The fire is reported as 63% contained.
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 –Back hauling of excess supplies and used materials continues. Today, a Type 3 team will “shadow” with members of the Gold Team. Current situations and future recommendations will be discussed. Development of rehabilitation needs continue.
Michigan Creek Fire – We will continue to monitor by air.
Fire Weather We are into our fourth day of drying weather after two days of rain. Please be careful. Yesterday’s temperature reached 78 degrees with a relative humidity of 30%. Winds were out of the North East at 6 MPH with Gusts to 11 MPH. Red Flag warning is in effect from noon Monday to Midnight AKDT for strong winds in the Delta Area.
Equipment There are two light helicopters 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: 9 Boats, and 1 Water Tender.
Restrictions and Closures The temporary flight restriction (TFR) over Healy Lake Fire will be lifted at 11 PM tonight.
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.