Delta Area Fire Update
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fire Information Office – 907-244-9376
Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM. to 10:00 PM.
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The Alaska Division of Forestry and The Alaska Fire Service are managing numerous fires around the Delta Junction area. Information for all of the fires in the area will be managed out of the Healy Lake Incident Command Post located at the Delta High School. Fire updates will be produced and disseminated as fire activity warrants. Please contact Celeste Prescott at the number above for information on Delta area fires.
The lightning-caused Blair Fire has grown to over 32,000 acres. On Monday the fire was exhibiting active and extreme fire behavior on the north and northeast edges and was active on the east and south flanks as well. The structures located at the 5-mile Clear Creek community, approximately 4 miles away, have complete structure protection in place. The Unaweep Wildland Fire Module remains in place to provide structure protection. The fire is visible at times on the Alaska highway from Delta through Salcha. At 0300 the fire started receiving raining.
Healy Lake, DOF:
The Healy Lake Fire was started on June 16 by lightning. The fire remapped at 11,473 acres. A local type 3 team is in place to manage the Michigan Creek and Healy Lake Fires. The Delta Power Squad, a local special operations group, is extinguishing hot spots on the lake and river. The fire has been receiving rain since 0300.
Michigan Creek, DOF:
The Michigan Creek Fire started on June 17, approximately 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction. The fire is 9,937 acres with a spot fire to the south mapped at 562 acres. Fire activity was minimal with only a few interior smokes showing when the fire was flown on July 13. Primary concerns are the cultural and historic sites to the southwest. Division of Forestry personnel will continue aerial monitoring of the fire.
La Grande, AFS:
On July 13, an infrared camera was used to detect heat on the La Grande Fire. Only one hotspot was located. Structure protection remains in place. If fire behavior increases then the fire will be staffed again and structure protection implemented.
Goodpaster Valley, DOF:
No smokes were observed on the Goodpaster Valley Fire when fire personnel flew it on July 13. Structure protection remains in place on nearby structures. The fire will continue to be monitored by air as weather permits.
Smoke may continue to impact portions of central and eastern Alaska. Expect areas of smoke along the Alaska Hwy from the Canada border to Fairbanks. Drive with your headlights on when traveling through areas affected by smoke. For air quality advisories visit, http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories.
Statewide Fire Info For information about fires statewide visit http://www.akfireinfo.com or call the Alaska Interagency Information Center at 907-356-5511.