Rex Complex Fires update; July 16

Rex Complex Fires Update for July 16, 2015
11:00 a.m.

(Anderson, AK) — Wildfires in the Rex Complex received light rain yesterday evening which helped suppression efforts. Today, however, predicted winds and clearer skies could result in increased fire activity. Whenever possible, crews have taken advantage of the brief periods of cooler and wetter weather to gain ground on the Fish Creek and Kobe Fires.

Yesterday on the Fish Creek fire crews were flown, transported by tracked rig and hiked in to continue working the perimeter and securing critical areas. Helicopters aided crews by delivering water drops to help check fire spread on the north and south flanks.

On the Kobe Fire, crews continued to patrol, secure and mop up isolated hot spots and repair dozer lines. Infrared imaging of both fires is helping crews chase down heat hidden in dense brush.

Isolated pockets of heat on the west side of Fish Creek will continue to be seen by residents and motorists on Parks Highway. Firefighters are asking residents and the public to be mindful of the fire traffic and firefighters working in the area between mileposts 275 and 290 of the Parks Highway. Please drive slowly with your lights on and use extreme caution when traveling in the fire area.

Rex Complex Fires at a Glance
Total Size: 16,159 acres Fish Creek Fire: 7,258 acres Kobe Fire: 8,828 acres June Creek: 73 acres
Containment: 65% for all fires
Assigned personnel: 260 Aircraft: 2 Type 2 Medium-lift helicopters; 1 Type 3 Light-lift helicopter
Location: Fish Creek: 5 mi. NE of Anderson Kobe: 6 miles SW of Anderson near milepost 275
June Creek: 16 mi. SW of Anderson
Additional Assigned Resources: 11 crews, 2 engines, 1 excavator

Fire History: The Rex Complex consists of three fires: the Kobe Fire, the Fish Creek Fire and the June Creek Fire. Both the Kobe and Fish Creek Fires were caused by lightning and started on June 20, 2015. The June Creek Fire was also lightning caused and began on June 22 and is being monitored. The three fires were combined into a Complex that was initially managed by a Type 2 Incident Management Team and was turned over to a Type 3 Incident Management Team on Monday, July 6.

Flight Restrictions
Pilots are reminded that a Temporary Flight Restriction remains in place for the Rex Complex Fires area because of the continued potential for aircraft activity related to fire suppression. For specific information about Temporary Flight Restrictions, visit tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.jsp

Contact: Public Information Officer Meg Cicciarella at 907-582-1406 or RexComplexFire2015@gmail.com

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INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4319/
Fire Info: akfireinfo.com (907) 356-5511
Forestry Info: forestry.alaska.gov
facebook.com/AK.Forestry

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