Aggie Creek Fire update, July 11

SOUTHWEST INCIDENT
MANAGEMENT TEAM #5
Rich Nieto-Incident Commander

Acres: 26,487

Start Date: June 22, 2015
Cause: Lightning

Location: 30 miles NW of Fairbanks, AK
Containment: 27%

Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass/rugged terrain
Total personnel: 437

Yesterday: Crews successfully completed a 1 ½ mile burnout operation along the Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline including the ‘Snow Pad’. Additionally, all planned structure protection was completed in nearby areas.

Today: Fire managers are anticipating an increase in fire growth and activity due to higher temperatures and lower humidity. Active fire behavior, including individual and group tree torching, may occur due to extremely dry conditions. Additionally, some previously burned areas may experience flare-ups or reburn. Air tankers and helicopters are available as necessary for water drops.

“We have been building up to today all week” said Incident Commander, Rich Nieto. “Our crews are prepared and ready to safely adapt as conditions change on the ground.”

If favorable conditions develop, crews may conduct an additional 4 miles of burnout operations along the Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline on the eastern perimeter of the fire from mile post 39 to Pump Station 7. Both hand and aerial ignition may be used. Crews will continue to monitor the area throughout the day and strengthen the existing fire perimeter to the south.

Smoke: Due to burnout operations, there will be an increase in smoke production throughout the day. Caution is recommended while traveling in the area Elliot Highway area due to localized smoke.

Closure:

FAIRBANKS, AK — Due to increased activity on the Aggie Creek Fire, the Bureau of Land Management’s Eastern Interior Field Office has reinstated the temporary closure of the western portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. The closure includes the Wickersham Dome Trailhead (Mile 28 Elliott Highway), which is being used as a base camp for firefighters. Also closed are portions of the Wickersham Creek and Trail Creek trails, the Moose Creek Trail, Summit Trail, Lee’s Cabin, Eleazar’s Cabin, the Summit Trail Shelter, and the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter.

Fire Information:
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4323/
Facebook: facebook.com/AggieCreekFire
Phone: 907-451-1206
Email: AggieCreekFire2015@gmail.com

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