Tanana Area Fires update, July 13

TANANA AREA FIRES UPDATE

Monday July 13, 2015

Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 453,815

Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 161,179 acres
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~35,123 acres
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~25,072 acres
Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~227,630 acres

Date Started: 06/19/2015
Cause: Lightning

Percent Containment: 0%
Personnel: 249, including various support/logistics personnel; Two Type 2 – Initial Attack crews; three, Type 1- Interagency Hotshot Crews
Aircraft: One, Type 2 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter.
Equipment: 16 boats, 1 dozer, 3 watertenders
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, Tanana School District

Burnout Operations to Continue Today; Public Meeting at Noon

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) has management responsibility for all of the above fires except the Hay Slough Fire, which is jointly managed by Grant’s IMT and Greer’s Rocky Mountain IMT Black, and reported by the latter starting today.

Yesterday (Sunday), Tanana area fires continued to experience growth. On the Spicer Creek Fire, crews spent the morning preparing and prepping for a possible burnout operation north of Tanana on the west side of Site Road to reduce the fire’s threat to Tanana. Favorable east winds presented an opportunity for the burnout operation to start midafternoon yesterday. Crews, using hand-held drip torches, were able to carry fire approximately 2.3 miles to the south on the west side of Site Road, and within 0.8 miles of the northern most dozerline that takes off to the east to Mission Creek. Crews remained on
the fire until the early morning hours today to monitor activity and ensure safety. Also, last night winds gradually shifted to out of the south, helping push some of the smoke away from the village.

Also, fire crews continued to double-check, test, and improve waterline hoselays in and around known structures located along the Yukon and Tanana rivers. In addition, other fish camps and cabins further up the Tanana River from the Hay Slough Fire were evaluated for protection measures.

Today, fire crews will monitor and double-check and test the pumps, hoselays and sprinkler systems installed for protection throughout the village, Mission Hill area, on the dozerline off Site Road, and at structures along the Yukon and Tanana rivers. Tentative plans are for a burnout operation again mid-day today on the west side of Site Road for 0.8 miles to the south to the northernmost dozerline that takes off east toward Mission Creek. If the burnout is implemented, crews will monitor and ensure fire containment into the evening hours as needed and necessary. Later today and tomorrow, crews will be scouting for possible routes for going direct on the fire from Site Road west to Bear Creek. Also today, other fish camps and cabins further up the Tanana River from the Hay Slough Fire will be evaluated for protection measures.

Today’s forecast is partly sunny skies, with isolated rain showers in the morning and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. High temperature will be around 72, and minimum relative humidity around 46%. Winds are forecast out of the southeast at 5-8 mph. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with isolated showers and thunderstorms. The forecast for Tuesday through Friday is mostly cloudy with varying chances of rain each day.

Special Announcements: The next Tanana public meeting will be held today (Monday, July 13) at noon at the Tanana Community Hall to provide updated fire information to Tanana residents and other interested parties. 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 still in the unhealthy to hazardous air quality range.

For more info: Please contact Information Officers, Bill Paxton or Kristen Miller, Tanana school ICP, at 907-987-9835 or 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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