Galena Zone Fires update, July 8

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

July 8, 2015

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 (34119 acres), Ruby Slough #423 (49 acres), Bruno Creek #479 (13480 acres), and Big Creek Two #533 (288000 acres). The Eldorado #576, Kaiyuh #351, and Sulatna #429 fires are in a monitoring status.
Size: Approximately 335,000 acres.

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Nulato Fires: The fire continued to creep to the southwest and northeast of the community of Nulato even though it received .17 inches of rain. Some interior torching was observed. Community and structure protection work is completed in Nulato and Koyukuk and will be left in place for contingency actions. Crews monitored for spot fires and pulled out most of the hose in new town. The Nulato 1 crew will be retained to secure suppression efforts in both communities.

Ruby Fires: Weather conditions conspired to create the perfect conditions for the Big Creek Two (#533), Flint Creek (#598) and Lost River (#601) Fires to burn together early Tuesday. This resulted in approximately 288,000 acres of active fire and contributed to the smoky conditions being experienced by the residents of interior Alaska. Crews are holding and protecting the Smith Slough, FWS Admin, Quinn, and Atchley Cabins. Bruno Fire experienced limited growth because it was sheltered by the smoke from the Big Creek Two Fire. The White Mountain crew finished their work on the Ruby Slough Fire yesterday and has secured line about 300 feet in from the fire’s edge – kicking it while it was down. Based on long term analysis and local knowledge, the Ruby Slough fire has been the top priority for full suppression because of the high probability the fire would reach the town of Ruby. The focus today will be on assessing the current fire information and working to get accurate mapping and acreage estimates. 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. 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 39 to 44% range today. Temperatures are climbing and humidity is dropping, so fire behavior may be active on Wednesday. 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 for the next few days.

Contact Us: galenafires2015@gmail.com or http://inciweb.gov/incident/4327/

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