Middle Yukon/Ruby Area Fires update, July 21

July 21, 2015

Contact: Public Information Officer: Mike Johnson
Phone: 907-987-9838 *Note¬¬–we cannot access the voicemail

What: Middle Yukon Fires/Ruby Area Fires
Cause: Lightning
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 (15,233 acres)

Trail Creek Fire #599 (32,687 acres)

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 tonight Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00pm at the school in Ruby. Please note the location change.

With drier weather conditions on Monday, increased fire activity was observed, including some single-tree torching. Fire behavior is expected to increase over the next several days as warmer temperatures and drier conditions are expected over the fire area. Chances of thunderstorms and rain increase later in the week, as another low-pressure system moves through the area.

Bruno Creek Fire: All structure assessments and protection measures have been completed to structures located along the Poorman Road. Crews have almost completed constructing handline on the north flank of the fire to protect native allotments.

Big Creek Two Fire: Two squads continue to work in the Nowitna River drainage to set up sprinkler systems and complete structure protection on remote cabins on the east side of the fire. A few more operation shifts will be required to complete this work.

Trail Creek Fire: Continues to be in a patrol and monitor status.

There is a Notice to Airmen in effect for a 25-mile radius around the village of Ruby.

Contact Us: MiddleYukonFires2015@gmail.com or http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4392/

For information on the Tanana area fires, contact Fire Information at the Tanana school ICP:

Phone:   907-987-9835

EMail:  TananaAreaFires2015@gmail.com

For information on the Manley Hot Springs area fires, contact Fire Information at:

Phone:   907-672-3202

EMail:  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/

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