Aggie Creek Fire update, July 9

AGGIE CREEK FIRE UPDATE

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Fire Information: (907) 451-1206

SOUTHWEST INCIENT
MANAGEMENT TEAM #5
Rich Nieto-Incident Commander

Acres: 26,141

Start Date: June 22, 2015
Cause: Lightning

Location: 30 mi. NW of Fairbanks along Elliot Highway
Containment: 25%

Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass and duff
Total personnel: 401

Starting tomorrow and pending favorable weather conditions, crews may conduct burnout operations along the Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline on the northeast corner of the fire near Tatalina. Burning operations could start as early as noon and last late into the evening. Smoke may impact nearby communities and travelers along the Elliot Highway. Caution is recommended while traveling in the area.

Today’s Actions: This morning at 0800 the fire transitioned to the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 5, with Rich Nieto as Incident Commander. Crews focused on mop-up and perimeter control on the south and east portions of the fire. Along the Alyeska-Trans Alaska pipeline in the northeast portion of the fire, crews prepped lines and developed plans for potential burnout operations. Crews also continued to assess threats to the communities of Haystack Hill, Himilaya, Hayes Creek, Tatalina, Joy, and the Elliot Highway.

Yesterday’s Actions: The west side of the fire was monitored by air while crews made good progress with hand line in the south and east portions of the fire. Smoke made visibility poor along the Elliot Highway. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity with light winds produced moderate to low fire behavior.

Information for this fire, including maps and photos, can be found at:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4323/ and http://www.facebook.com/AggieCreekFire2015

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