Delta Area Fire Update; July 17

Delta Area Fire Update
Friday, July 17, 2015
Fire Information Office – 907-244-9376
HealyLakeFireInfo@gmail.com
Hours of Operation: 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M.
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Fire Information
Overview: The Alaska Division of Forestry and The Alaska Fire Service are managing numerous fires around the Delta Junction area. Fire updates will be produced and disseminated as fire activity warrants. Please contact Celeste Prescott at the number above for any additional information on Delta area fires.

Blair, AFS: The lightning-caused Blair Fire has grown to over 43,000 acres. On Monday, July 13, the fire exhibited active and extreme fire behavior and grew significantly on the north and northeast edges. In addition, the fire was active and moving on the east and south flanks. Tuesday brought wetting rains over the entire fire area but smokes were still visible that evening. Numerous smokes were seen when the fire was flown again on the morning of July 16. With the return of dry weather and high winds an increase in fire activity is expected. No significant activity was seen from the Flaghill Lookout as of 1800 on July 17. The structures located at the 5-mile Clear Creek community, approximately 3 miles away, have complete structure protection in place. Additional structures in the area are being assessed as a precaution and to update Forestry’s known structure database. 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 was last mapped at 11,473 acres. A local Type 3 team is in place to manage the Michigan Creek and Healy Lake Fires. Heat was detected via infrared camera during a flight on July 16. The Delta Power Squad, a local special operations group, continues to search out and extinguishing hotspots on the western perimeter.

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. Heat was detected via an infrared camera on the July 16 evening flight. Multiple locations in the primary fire and spot fire were showing significant heat. The fire continues to be monitored by air and another flight is scheduled for the evening of July 17. Primary concerns are the cultural and historic sites to the southwest.

La Grande, AFS: The La Grande Fire had only one heat showing via infrared camera when it was last flown and has received rain since then. The hose lays and pumps that are in place for structure protection will be removed over the next couple shifts, as aircraft and personnel are available.

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.

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