July 18, 2015
Contact: Public Information Officer: Mike Johnson
Phone: 907-987-9838 *Note¬¬–we cannot access the voicemail
What: Middle Yukon Fires/Ruby Area 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 “Ruby Area Fires”: Bruno Creek Fire#479 (15,232 acres), Trail Creek Fire #599 (32,687 acres), and Big Creek Two Fire #533 (328,957) acres. The following fires are in monitor status: Ruby Slough Fire #423 (49 acres), Eldorado Fire #576 (6 acres), Little Moose Fire #411 (761 acres), Melozitna 2 Fire #419 (3,357 acres), and the Gentian Fire #519 (14,065 acres)
Size: Approximately 395,115 acres.
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A public meeting to discuss the current status of the Ruby Area Fires will be held on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00pm at the Community Hall in Ruby.
As predicted, rain fell over most of the fire area Friday and into Friday night. The fire perimeters are still active, despite the rain. Fire intensity is currently reduced, giving firefighters the opportunity to use direct suppression tactics on sections of the fires. In areas were it is safe to do so, crews will work to cool down and extinguish the fire, sometimes needing to reach areas of smoldering fire deep in the thick tundra. More rain is predicted over the next several days.
Bruno Creek Fire: With structure protection completed immediately around the Bruno Creek Fire, firefighters will begin to look for opportunities to protect native allotments that are in and near the fire. Crews completed a fuel break on the northwest corner of the fire.
Big Creek Two Fire: Two squads were placed into the Nowitna River drainage to set up sprinkler systems and complete structure protection on remote cabins on the east side of the fire.
Trail Creek Fire: A contingency fireline was constructed in the Glen Gulch area. Structure assessment will continue. Today structures west of the fire will continue to be assessed.
There is a Notice to Airmen in effect for a 25-mile radius around the village of Ruby.
For information on the Tanana area fires, contact Fire Information at the Tanana school ICP, at 907-987-9835 or TananaAreaFires2015@gmail.com
For information on the Manley Hot Springs area fires, contact Fire Information at 907-672-3202 or ManleyAreaFires@gmail.com
To obtain fire information regarding other fires in Alaska, contact the Alaska Joint Information Center at 907-356-5511 or https://akfireinfo.com/