Anaconda and West Fork Fire updates, July 8

Wednesday July 8, 2015
Karen Scholl, Incident Commander
Abe Davis, Incident Commander Trainee


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Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage Anaconda: 1091 acres West Fork: 231 acres

Fire Containment Anaconda: 95% West Fork: 100%

Incident Commander: Karen Scholl Abe Davis (trainee)

Start Date: June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel: Anaconda: 69 West Fork: 22

Structures Lost: 0

Jurisdiction: Alaska Division of Forestry

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

West Fork Fire:
Yesterday the Pioneer Peak Hotshots continued to work interior heat found on Monday. The smokejumpers were released from the fire. Pioneer Peak will be shuttled off of the fire once they complete mop up.

Anaconda Creek Fire:
Tuesday on the Anaconda Creek Fire crews continued to build line along the western edge, achieving 95% containment. Firefighters also continued to mop up along the previously secured edge 300 feet in from the fire line. Personnel were able to retrieve several sling loads of equipment to be back-hauled. Today crews will work on completing containment and mopping up any remaining heat.

Rain fell across the fire area yesterday. The forecast for today calls for slightly warmer temperatures, partly cloudy skies and a small chance of light precipitation. This weather should keep fire behavior minimal to moderate and help firefighters achieve their objectives.

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

Temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect over the
Anaconda Creek Fire. The West Fork TFR has been lifted. Pilots are advised to visit to view these Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), and additional TFRs also in place across Alaska.



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