Tanana Area Fires Update: July 21

Tanana Area Fire Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 487,436

Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 177,239 acres;
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~43,270 acres
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~26,414 acres
Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~235,702 acres

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

Date Started: 06/19/2015

Percent Containment: 2%
Personnel: 387, 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 are managed by Annamaria Echeverria’s IMT. 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.

Yesterday, construction of fireline to Bear Creek continued. Hose lays from the Yukon River to drop point 70 on the Bear Creek containment line are in place and have filled three holding tanks to provide water for suppression and mop up. Crews completed the Tanana line construction toward the division break. Two spike camps along the Tanana to Bear Creek containment line are in place for the six 20-person crews. One of the three spot fires was still active near Bear Creek and firefighters continued suppression action.

Mop up continued along Site Road. Crews completed pulling hoses on the dozer line between Site Road and Mission Creek and moved them to the Tanana and Bear Creek division break.

A spike camp was dismantled at Bible Camp. The pumps and plumbing hose will remain to protect the structures. All 20 structures along the river have hazard fuels reduced around them.

Today, hand crews will continue their efforts to strengthen the containment line and lay hose from Site Road to Bear Creek. Crews at Bear Creek will also be working their way building line from Bear Creek toward the Tanana group. Crews will continue with direct suppression action on yesterday’s spot fires.

Rehabilitation will begin on dozer fire lines in the Mission Creek area with heavy equipment. A new spike camp will be set up in the area for the rehab crew. Patrols and mop up will continue along Site Road.

Patrols along the river will continue to maintain and monitor structure protection measures.

Today’s forecast is mostly sunny (40-50%). Patchy fog in the morning, patchy smoke through the day. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures around 72 degrees and minimum humidity of 47 %. East winds are forecasted between 5 and 8 mph. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorms in the afternoon. Tonight will be partly cloudy (40-50%). Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Patchy smoke through the night. Patchy fog after midnight. Minimum temperature around 51 degrees, and humidity between 88 and 95%. East winds will be 5-8 mph. Gusty and erratic winds expected near thunderstorms in the evening. Wednesday will be mostly sunny (30-40%) with patchy fog in the morning. Patchy smoke through the day. Maximum temp will be 70-75% and minimum humidity 43%. East winds will be 7-10 mph.

Special Announcements: The next public meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd at noon at 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 reported “Good” as of July 20th. 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 and heavy equipment.

For more info: Please contact Information Officers, Bill Paxton or Kristen Miller, Tanana school ICP, at 907- 987-9835 or 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 or akfireinfo.com.

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