July 14, 2015
Contact: Public Information Officer: Mike Johnson
What: Galena Zone Fires
Location: A series of fires are located near Ruby, Alaska on the Galena Fire Management Zone and the western end of the Tanana Zone. 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.
Fire Names: The following fires are now being reported in the daily Incident Status Summary (ICS-209) as “Middle Yukon Fires”:
Ruby Slough #423 (49 acres)
Bruno Creek #479 (15232 acres)
Big Creek Two #533 (328956) acres
Size: Approximately 344,000 acres
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A Type 3 Team is assuming command of the Ruby area fires on Tuesday. The team will be headquartered at the school in Ruby and is expected to be completely operational by late this evening. Tyler Hecht is the incoming Incident Commander and Mike Johnson is the Public Information Officer.
Ruby Slough Fire: Firefighters worked yesterday to finish up removing and back hauling all pumps, hoses, and other gear from the Ruby Slough fire. The fire will be in monitoring status.
Bruno Fire: Approximately ½ inch of rain was reported at the Ruby Airport yesterday which caused the Bruno Fire to exhibit sedate behavior. Today crews will work on “snagging” the Poorman Road as trees killed or weakened by the fire are falling across the road. They are also continuing protection of structures in the area. The public is urged to limit travel on Poorman Road to minimize conflicts with the firefighting forces.
Big Creek Two Fire: This fire grew by only a few hundred acres yesterday because of the cooler, wetter weather. Low to moderate fire behavior is expected again today which will help firefighters secure structure protection efforts on the remote cabins on the east side of the fire.
Yukon River: Structure assessment and protection activities are continuing along the Yukon and Nowitna River banks by the Calaveras Wildfire Module.
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.
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: Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are again the order for the day. Smoke will affect local communities today. Given these weather conditions, there should be little fire movement and little perimeter growth. The forecast for the next few days remains mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.