Tanana Area Fires update, July 11

 Spicer Creek, Harper Bend, Moose Point, Kokrine, Blind River, Bering Creek, and Hay Slough

Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 508,423
Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 142,544 acres;
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~35,123 acres
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~23,761 acres

Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~227,002 acres
Hay Slough (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~ 72,927 acres

Date Started: 06/19/2015

Cause: Lightning

Percent Containment: 1%
Personnel: 277, including various support/ logistics personnel; Two Type 2 – IA crews; three, Type 1- Interagency Hotshot Crews.

Aircraft: One, Type 2 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter.
Equipment: 16 boats, 2 dozers, 3 watertenders, 2 engines
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

The Spicer Creek, Harper Bend, Moose Point, Kokrine, Bering Creek and Hay Slough fires are burning on the Alaska Fire Service (AFS) Tanana Fire Management Zone.

Jim Grant’s Eastern Area Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed management responsibility for all Tanana Fire Management Zone Fires from Roger Staats’ outgoing Northern Idaho IMT this morning at 6:00 am.

Yesterday, Friday, most of the fires in the Tanana Area experienced moderate growth. The Spicer Fire progressed down the ridge to Bear Creek. The fire spotted in front of itself as it backed down the ridge, and put up significant amounts of smoke. The southern end of the now combined Spicer Creek/Tozitna Fire measures an estimated 50 miles across; the total fire perimeter is approximately 170 miles. The fire is still more than 1 ½ miles north of the nearest inhabited structure along Site Road. Crews around the community of Tanana (including in the Site Road and Mission Hill areas) continued to scout around structures and improve waterline hoselays, including those located along the previously constructed dozer line extending east from Site Road to Mission Creek.

Today, crews will continue to check and test the pumps, hoselays and sprinkler systems installed for protection throughout the village, along the dozerline off site road, and at structures lying along the Yukon and Tanana rivers. Crews will continue to conduct limited burnout operations to enhance containment lines east of Site Road as conditions allow. They will also continue assessing and improving protection measures in the Mission and Moose Point areas. Helitack will be working on the spots near Bear Creek.

Warmer weather, increased winds, and lower relative humidities will continue through today resulting in an increased potential for fire growth. Today’s weather is predicted to be mostly sunny, with 0% chance of showers and winds from the East at 5-8 mph. Tonight will be cloudy, with a slight chance of isolated showers. Winds will be 3-7 mph out of the Northeast.

Special Announcements: The next Tanana public meeting will be held Monday, July 13, 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:

Bill Paxton or Kristen Miller, Tanana school ICP, at 907-987-983

EMail:  TananaAreaFires2015@gmail.com

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 the Hay Slough fire, contact Brett Haberstick at 907-672-3202 or ManleyAreaFires@gmail.com

To obtain fire information regarding other fires in Alaska, contact the Alaska Joint Information Center at 907-356-5511.

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