Aggie Creek Fire update, July 8

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: 24,007 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:  25%

Incident Cost:  $5,945,619.00

Resources on Fire:  There are currently 650 personnel on this incident, as well as the following resources:
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Hot Shot Crews-6; Type II Hand Crews-12; IA Crews-3; CRC-5; Type 1 Helicopter -3; Type 3 Helicopter-1; Type 3 Engines-1; Type 4 Engines-1; Type 6 Engines-6; Water Tenders-1; Skidgine -1; Masticator-1.

Remarks:

This fire has been managed by the Great Basin Incident Management Team 3, Mark Rosenthal, Incident Commander (IC) but will be transitioned to the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5, Richard Nieto, Incident Commander. This will be the last update for the Great Basin Incident Management Team 3.

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 working along the roadway.

Because of lower temperatures the fire smoldered and creped and had isolated torching. Temperatures were in the low to mid 50’s and relative humidity in the high 80’s with NW winds 4 mph, gusting to 8 mph, .04 inches of precipitation was also reported. Today’s forecast is more of the same with the possibility of isolated showers developing during the afternoon hours, but little precipitation is expected.

Fire evacuations for the Tatalina subdivision and the Globe Creek camp have been lifted and residences have been allowed back into their homes.

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. Wickersham Dome trail has also been closed.

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. Wickersham Dome Trail has been closed.

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