July 12, 2015
Contact: Public Information Officer: Peri Suenram
What: Galena Zone Fires
Location: A series of fires are located on both sides of the Yukon River within the Galena Fire Management Zone and the western end of the Tanana Zone, stretching over 150 river miles from east to west.
The major firefighting efforts at this time are concentrated on 3 fires on the south side of the Yukon River near the village of Ruby and on 1 fire near the village of Nulato.
Fire Names: The following fires are now being reported in the daily Incident Status Summary (ICS-209) as “Middle Yukon Fires”:
Nulato #458 (41,662 acres)
Ruby Slough #423 (49 acres)
Bruno Creek #479 (14,941 acres)
Kaiyuh #351 (2,595 acres)
Big Creek Two #533 (306,555 acres)
Size: Approximately 366,000 acres.
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Nulato Fires: Suppression repair of ¼ mile of dozer line and mapping retardant drop areas was completed on Saturday. Immediate threats to the community of Nulato are low even though there are still hot spots and smoke in the fire perimeter. There is a public meeting scheduled for Monday at high noon at the Nulato school.
Ruby Fires: The Big Creek Two Fire grew significantly Saturday afternoon. The fire is now approximately 306,555 acres. Fire activity and perimeters are predicted to increase again on Sunday because of higher temperatures and lower humidities, along with east winds on the Big Creek Two and Bruno Fires. Fire activity is expected to be highest on the west sides of these fires. Smokejumpers were unable to burnout around the Atchley Cabins and instead installed another pump and hoselay to protect the structures which are occupied year round. While not growing significantly in acreage, the Bruno Fire continues to exhibit active fire behavior including group torching and backing. Firefighters continue to patrol Poorman Road to suppress flareups in the area and are focusing today on ambushing any fire that threatens the cabins along the road. The public is urged to limit travel on Poorman Road, which is experiencing active fire, to minimize conflicts with the firefighting forces.
Other Galena Zone Fires: The Galena Zone BLM personnel are closely monitoring fires in the zone. Structure protection plans are in place for any fires that threaten private property. Statewide, almost 4.2 million acres have burned so far in 2015. Of that 4.2 million, 1.2 million acres are located in the Galena Zone.
There is a Notice to Airmen in effect for a 25 mile radius around the village of Ruby. For other areas, please see and avoid air traffic around fires.
Weather: Temperatures should reach into the 70’s today with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms possible this afternoon. Assuming another active fire day, air quality will remain a concern for local communities. On Sunday morning, the air quality monitoring station in Galena recorded average readings at approximately 109 parts per million. This reading equates to an “Unhealthy” level of concern. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should avoid prolonged exertion. Everyone else should limit prolonged exertion.