Baker Fire update, July 7

Baker Fire Update

Tuesday, July 7, 2015—12:00pm

Baker Fire #456, North Fork Fire #457 and the Beauty Fire #551 are being administratively managed together as the Baker Fire.  All three fires lie to the north of Baker Creek and the Elliott Highway, between mileposts 131 & 137, and south of New York Creek.  The combined acreage of these fires is approximately 14,128 acres.  An infrared flight was conducted early Tuesday, however additional growth occurred after the mapping was completed.

The Baker Fire saw increased fire activity on Monday.  With the southeast winds, the fire grew significantly on the northern flanks.  As of 11:00 pm Monday night, the fire had worked its way into the upper portions of the Chicago Creek drainage, and into Omega Creek.  A helicopter with bucket was used to cool down the fire in that area.

Winds will shift today and will be out of the west, possibly causing growth on the eastern edge of the Baker Fire.  However, the increased smoke, higher humidity, and light rain in the area may limit fire spread.

Residents of the Baker Creek/Eureka area that have been under a voluntary evacuation notice, will be advised today of the possibility that burnout operations may be conducted in the next several days, if fire and weather conditions warrant it.  The fire is still approximately 1.5 miles from the closest structure along the Elliott Highway.

The #456 Fire, which is the small fire located to the southwest of the main fire also showed continued signs of growth, mostly in a westerly direction.  At its closest point, it is approximately 1.75 miles from the Tofty Road.  It is not posing any threat to structures at this time, and will continue to be monitored.

The Beauty Fire showed some signs of fire activity within the interior of the fire, during reconnaissance flights Monday evening, and it remains in a patrol/monitor status.

Due to the increased fire activity on the Hay Slough Fire near Fish Lake, a Type 2 Incident Management Team has been ordered and will be arriving in Manley Hot Springs over the next several days.  This team will take control of the Hay Slough Fire and the Baker Fire.  Resources currently assigned to the Baker Fire will continue with the ongoing structure protection work, and new resources will be ordered to manage and support the Hay Slough Fire.  Expect to see an increase of fire personnel and equipment along the Elliott Highway, the Tofty Road and in Manley Hot Springs.

An Incident Command Post (ICP) has been set up at the Manley Hot Springs School.  Fire Information will be posted at the board set up next to the Roadhouse.  Additional information about other fires in the area will be posted as it is made available.

Additional information can be found at:

Alaska Wildland Fire Information Center, 907-356-5511

https://akfireinfo.com/

For a listing of all active fires in Alaska (Alaska Interagency Coordination Center):

http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/aicc/sitreport/current.pdf

Current fire maps from (Alaska Interagency Coordination Center):

http://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/maps.php

Baker Fire Information on Inciweb:

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4338

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