Anaconda Creek and West Fork Fire update, July 10

Friday July 10, 2015
Karen Scholl, Incident Commander
Abe Davis, Incident Commander Trainee


Facebook: Anaconda Creek Fire


Quick Facts

Incident Summary

Approximate Acreage Anaconda: 1091 acres West Fork: 231 acres

Fire Containment Anaconda: 100% West Fork: 100%

Start Date: June 20, 2015

Cause: Lightning

Total Personnel:  Anaconda: 38 West Fork: 22

Structures Lost :0

Jurisdiction:  Alaska Division of Forestry

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

This is the last update that will be issued for the Anaconda Creek and West Fork Fires. As of today Anaconda Creek is unstaffed and will be monitored by Fairbanks Area Forestry.

West Fork Fire:
Yesterday Pioneer Peak Hotshots continued to mop up interior heat burning deep in the duff layer. They will complete mop up today and tomorrow. Saturday Pioneer Peak will be shuttled off the fire and released. As of Sunday West Fork will be unstaffed and will be monitored by Fairbanks Area Forestry.

Anaconda Creek Fire:
Yesterday the fire was flown with an infrared camera to detect latent heat. No hot spots were found by the camera or UAF Nanooks. Equipment and personnel were pulled off the line and released.

There was cloud cover, areas of light precipitation and smoke across the fire area yesterday. The forecast for today and tomorrow calls for clear skies with temperatures in the mid to upper 70s’. Sunday is expected to begin a wetting trend with temperatures in the mid to lower 70s’ and an increased chance of showers. No critical fire weather is forecasted.

All trails and cabins in the Chena River State Recreation Area are opened as of today, June 10, at 8:00 am. Chena Hot Springs and local businesses also remain open.

Temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the Anaconda Creek Fire was lifted yesterday at 8:00pm. The West Fork TFR has been lifted. Pilots are advised to visit to view TFRs in place across Alaska.


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