MANAGEMENT TEAM #5
Rich Nieto-Incident Commander
AGGIE CREEK FIRE UPDATE
Sunday July 12, 2015
Start Date: June 22, 2015
Location: 30 miles NW of Fairbanks, AK
Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass/rugged terrain
Total personnel: 520
Due to lower humidity and increased fire behavior, approximately 3,400 acres of new fire growth occurred to the west and south. Additionally, fire managers saw active fire spread in several interior pockets of previously unburned timber.
However, crews were still able to complete 2 1/2 miles of burnout operations along the Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline from mile post 39 to Pump Station 7. Both aerial and hand ignition were used to complete this section of fire perimeter line. This newly completed line also strengthens protection of the Elliot Highway corridor and nearby structures in the Tatalina area.
“Working with numerous local partners, we our continuing to protect the Alyeska Trans-Alaska Pipeline” said Incident Commander, Rich Nieto. “Today crews will work to hold the perimeter lines established over the past two days along the Pipeline.”
Today: With the arrival of slightly higher humidity, fire managers are anticipating more moderate fire behavior with active surface fire and some individual tree torching. Despite small amounts of precipitation received over the fire area yesterday, forest conditions remain critically dry. Crews will continue to actively patrol and hold all existing fire-line to the south and west. Fire managers are planning to use air tankers and helicopters for water drops as needed.
If favorable conditions develop, crews may conduct 1 mile of burnout operations starting at Pump Station 7 and moving toward the southwest fire edge.
Smoke: Due to burnout operations, there will be an increase in smoke production throughout the day. Caution is recommended while traveling in the Elliot Highway area due to localized smoke.
Closure: An area closure for the White Mountain National Recreation Area is in effect again after a brief partial re-opening yesterday. For full details on the closure please visit: https://akfireinfo.com/ The Wickersham Dome trail is also closed.