Middle Yukon Fires/Ruby Area Fires Update
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 (15,233 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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Areas of the fires were showing increased fire activity on Tuesday, despite the rain we have observed over the past several days. There is a potential for areas previously burned to reignite, especially when burned spruce trees with weakened roots systems would fall to the ground with active fire.
With drier and windy weather conditions on Tuesday, increased fire activity was observed, including some single-tree torching. The forecasted weather for Wednesday is mostly cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and isolated thunderstorms. Fire weather is expected to be minimal today, however if the clouds do not shadow the sunshine, single-tree torching is likely to occur.
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.
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/