Tanana Area Fire updates, July 20

Monday, 07/20/2015, 9:00a.m. For Immediate Release

Tanana Area Fire Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 484,948 (as of 7/17/2015)

Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 176,714 acres;
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~43,169 acres
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~26,414 acres
Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~233,840 acres

NOTE: Hay Slough Fire information available
from Echeverria’s IMT – below

Date Started: 06/19/2015

Percent Containment: 1%
Personnel: 388, including various support/logistics personnel; Five Type 1 (Hotshot) and seven Type 2 crews.
Aircraft: One Type 2 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter
Equipment: 12 boats, 1 dozer, 1 excavator, 3 watertenders
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: Alaska Fire Service, Bureau of Land Management, Alaska Division of Forestry, Tanana Tribal Council, Tanana Chiefs’ Conference (TCC), Doyon, Tanana Volunteer Fire Department, City of Tanana, Tanana School District, Tozitna Limited

Management responsibility for the Spicer Creek, Harper Bend, Moose Point, Kokrine, and Bering Creek fires is assigned to
Jim Grant’s Eastern Area Incident Management Team (IMT). The Spicer Creek Fire, which threatens the village of
Tanana, Alaska, is the primary focus. The Hay Slough and Baker fires transferred to a Type Three IMT with Annamaria
Echeverria as the Incident Commander. The Hay Slough Fire continues to be jointly managed by Grant’s and Echeverria’s
teams.

Well-over 100 miles of the Yukon and Tanana rivers are assigned to Eastern Area IMT. On the Yukon River,
responsibility for fire response and structure protection stretches over 115 miles from the mouth of the Nowitna River near
Moose Point upstream to Stevens Creek. On the Tanana River, responsibility extends from the Yukon upstream to the
mouth of the Cosna River; a distance of over 35 miles.

A spike camp remains at Bible Camp with a smaller crew for the purpose of protecting the 20 structures along the river.
The structures have required hazard fuel reduction around them; 11 of these have plumbing hose lays in place.

Two spike camps along the Tanana to Bear Creek containment line were established for a total of six 20-person crews. Fire
activity was minimal yesterday with little interior heat as noted by aircraft. Rain of over 0.5” reduced fire activity. The
crews continued with line construction toward Bear Creek. Hose lays from the Yukon River to the Tanana containment
line is complete.

Mop up continued along Site Road. Crews pulled hose from the dozerline between Site Road and Mission Creek.

Today, the six hand crews will focus their efforts on line construction and hose lays toward Bear Creek on the Spicer Creek
Fire. Efforts to secure this section of the fire will be ongoing for several days. Crews will be moving hose from Mission
Creek to the Tanana- to- Bear Creek containment line. A plan is beginning for the removal of sprinkler systems in
Mission. Mop up along containment lines continue. Weather conditions are trending toward warmer and drier.

Today’s forecast is partly sunny (55-65%) with temperatures around 65 degrees and humidity between 37-45%. Winds are
forecasted out of the west between 5 and 12 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy with minimum temperature around 50
degrees, and humidity between 65-77%. West winds will be 5-6 mph in the evening becoming light. Tuesday will be
mostly sunny with temperatures around 70 degrees and minimum humidity between 33 and 38%. East winds, 5-8 mph.

Special Announcements: There is a public meeting today in the Tanana Community Hall to provide updated fire
information. A voluntary evacuation notice remains in effect for the village of Tanana.

The Air Quality Index is improved due to the reduction in forest fire smoke. Smoke and air quality indices and alerts can be found on the Air Quality Division website at: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/ and Alaska DEC Division of Air Quality at:
http://dec.alaska.gov/Applications/Air/airtoolsweb/Advisories/Index.

The public is advised to avoid traveling Site Road because of the danger of falling trees.

For more info: Please contact Information Officers, Bill Paxton or Kristen Miller, Tanana school ICP:

Phone:  907-987-9835

EMail:  TananaAreaFires2015@gmail.com.

Inciweb:   (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov) also provides fire information.

From the Inciweb homepage, select “Tanana Area Fires” fires from the drop down list at the top right of the page. To obtain fire information regarding the Hay Slough and Baker fires, contact 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.

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