Delta Area Fire Update
Tuesday, July 15, 2015
Fire Information Office – 907-244-9376
Hours of Operation: 7:00 AM. to 10:00 PM.
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Overview: 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.
Blair, AFS: The lightning-caused Blair Fire has grown to over 43,000 acres. On Monday the fire exhibited active and extreme fire behavior on the north and northeast edges and was active on the east and south flanks as well. Tuesday brought wetting rains over the entire fire area but smokes were still visible that evening. With the return of dryer weather an increase in fire activity is expected. The structures located at the 5-mile Clear Creek community, approximately 3 miles away, have complete structure protection in place. The Unaweep Wildland Fire Module remains in place to provide structure protection. Fire activity and smoke may be visible at times on the Alaska and Richardson highways from east of Delta to Fairbanks.
Healy Lake, DOF: The Healy Lake Fire was started on June 16 by lightning. The fire is currently 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, continues to extinguish hot spots on the lake and along the river. The fire received a considerable amount of rain on Tuesday.
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: The La Grande Fire had only one heat showing when it was last flown and has since received a considerable amount of rain. The hose lays and pumps that are in place for structure protection will be removed over the next couple shifts.
Other Area Fires: The Division of Forestry and Alaska Fire Service are monitoring numerous other fires in the area. Fire personnel fly these fires when the weather and aircraft availability permits.
Smoke Concerns: Smoke may continue to impact portions of central and eastern Alaska. Expect areas of smoke along the Alaska and Richardson Highway 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.