Anaconda Creek Fire and West Fork Fire update, July 9

Thursday July 9, 2015
Karen Scholl, Incident Commander
Abe Davis, Incident Commander Trainee


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West Fork Fire:
Pioneer Peak Hotshots continued to work interior heat yesterday. Hot spots smoldering in thick duff layered on top of shale have potential to creep out of the interior. If left unchecked this heat could challenge containment lines in the future. Pioneer Peak plans on mopping up this area through Saturday.

Anaconda Creek Fire:
Yesterday the UAF Nanooks hand crew was able to build the last piece of line necessary to attain 100% containment. The Nanooks were also dedicated to mopping up any remaining heat. Today firefighters will prepare back-haul and facilitate its removal. Once operations are complete personnel will be released.

There was cloud cover and smoke across the fire area yesterday. Weather for the next several days should be similar to yesterday with slightly lower relative humidity and higher temperatures. Fuels remain dry and available to burn; no critical fire weather is forecasted.

All trails north of Chena Hot Springs Road in the Chena River State Recreation Area are planned for reopening Friday June 10 at 8:00 am. 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.


Trails and cabins to reopen in Chena River State Recreation Area

Trails and cabins on the north side of Chena Hot Springs Road will reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 10 due to significant progress by fire crews this week in containing the Anaconda Creek Fire as well as a forecast for cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and the chance of rain. As of Friday, all State Park facilities within the recreational area will be open to the public.

Waiting to reopen the cabins and trails on the north side will give firefighters time to finish mopping up and demobilizing. Although the fire is largely contained, visitors may see smoke for weeks within the burned area.

The Division of Forestry Fairbanks Area is continuing to monitor this fire even though firefighting efforts are ending and asks the public to stay out of the burned area. Fire-weakened trees can fall and cause injury without warning.

CONTACT: Brooks Ludwig, 451-2698,


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