Tanana Area Fires update, July 9

Spicer Creek, Hay Slough, Kokrine Hills, Moose Point , Blind River, Bering Creek & Harper Bend Fires

Thursday, 07/09/2015, 10:00a.m.

Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 401,885
Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 134,261 acres;
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~23,761 acres Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Hay Slough (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~ 58,410 acres
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~71,285 acres
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~22,760 acres;
Blind River (20 mi. SW Tanana) ~86,597 acres

Date Started: 06/19/2015
Percent Containment: 0%
Personnel: 234, including various support/ logistics personnel; Two Type 2 – IA crews; four, Type 1- Interagency Hotshot Crews.
Aircraft: One, Type 2 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter.
Equipment: 16 boats, 3 dozers, 3 watertenders
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: Alaska Fire Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Division of Forestry, Tanana Tribal Council, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), Doyon, Tanana Volunteer Fire Department, City of Tanana  Volunteer Fire Department, City of Tanana.

The Spicer Creek, Tozitna, Hay Slough, Harper Bend, Moose Point, Kokrine, Blind River, and Bering Creek fires are all burning on the AFS- Tanana Fire Management Zone.

Roger Staats’ North Idaho Incident Management Team (IMT) began managing these fires June 22 and has an Incident Command Post (ICP) located at the Tanana school.

Yesterday most of the fires in the Tanana Area experienced moderate growth.

The southwest end of the Spicer Fire made crown fire runs and is pushing up against the Tanana River. It also continues to back and flank towards Tanana Village. The southern end of the combined Spicer Creek/Tozitna Fire measures 49 miles across and the total fire perimeter is approximately 167 miles. The Spicer Fire moved south, reaching the southernmost uninhabited cabin on the Site Road. Crews wet the structure and burned around it; it was not damaged. The fire is still more than 1 ½ miles north of the nearest inhabited structure along the Site Road. Crews around the community of Tanana (including in the Site Road and Mission Hill areas) continued to improve existing structure protection, and work continued on a new contingency line from the Site road north of Mission Hill down to mouth of Mission Creek, following an old sled dog trail. Today a hose lay and sprinklers will be installed on the line. Clearing air in the afternoon allowed a GPS flight to map the fire perimeters, revealing greater acreage than expected.

Along the Yukon and Tanana rivers moderate fire growth occurred. The Blind River and Bering Creek fires may have grown together. Two allotments were burned over by the Blind River Fire, but fuel reductions by crews prevented two structures from burning. Crews continue to test water handling facilities, do structure assessments and make structure protection improvements. No structures have been lost in the fire areas.

Crews will continue structure assessments and point protection north and east of Fish Lake, near the Hay Slough fire today. Fire managers there will be working with an incoming Incident Management Team which will be positioned in Manley Hot Springs within a day or two to manage both the Baker fire and the Hay Slough fire. Until then, Staats’ Type 2 IMT will continue to manage the Hay Slough fire from Tanana. Fire crews will continue performing structure point protection along the Tanana and Yukon Rivers, between Harper Bend and Moose Point, as fire conditions necessitate.

Special Announcements: A public meeting will be held Friday, July 10 at noon at the Tanana Community Hall to provide fire information updates. A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for the village of Tanana. A dense smoke advisory remains in effect for the Tanana area, with air quality in the unhealthy to hazardous air quality range.

For more info: Please contact Information Officers, Jennifer Costich or Steve Till, Tanana school ICP, at 907-987-9835 or TananaAreaFires2015@gmail.com. (Those already receiving updates from NorthIdahoTeamOne@gmail.com will begin receiving updates from the new email listed above.) Inciweb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov) also provides fire information. From the Inciweb homepage, select “Spicer Creek” fires from the drop down list at the top right of the page. To obtain fire information regarding other fires in Alaska, contact the Alaska Joint Information Center at 907-356-5511.

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