Middle Yukon Fires/Ruby Area Fires Update: July 23

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
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 (15,302 acres),
Trail Creek Fire #599 (31,699 acres), and Big Creek Two Fire #533 (332,669) acres.

The following fires are in monitor status: Ruby Slough Fire #423 (49 acres), Eldorado Fire #576 (6 acres), Little Moose Fire #411 (4,835 acres), Melozitna 2 Fire #419 (3,357 acres), and the Gentian Fire #519 (19,692 acres)

Size: Approximately 407,613 acres.

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Due to completion of fire perimeter mapping, some of the acreages have changed.

On Wednesday there was an increase in fire behavior, due to more direct sunlight and lower RH values then had been observed in the last week.  The crews recorded a low relative humidity (RH) along the Poorman Road of 31%.  There were scattered rain showers across the fire area Wednesday evening, with locally heavy rain at the center of the cells. However the majority of the fire area saw no significant precipitation.  There was some growth on the Trail fire and on the northwest corner of the Big Creek 2 fire.

Bruno Creek Fire: Crews completed the direct line construction on the north end of the Bruno Creek fire and will be securing their work today using pumps and hoses to mop-up the perimeter.

Big Creek Two Fire: A crew swap will occur today on the eastern portion of the Big Creek Two fire. The Calaveras Wildland Fire Module will be replaced with the Black Hills Wildland Fire Module. They will transition and continue with the work in the Nowitna River drainage; setting 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, 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/

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