Tanana area fires update, Aug. 1

Tanana Area Fire Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 497,665

Cause: Lightning

Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 183,448 acres;
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~43,378 acres
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~26,666 acres
Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~238,953 acres

NOTE: Hay Slough Fire information available by calling Alaska Fire Information at (907)356-5511.

Date Started: 06/19/2015

Percent Contained or Completed: 100%
Personnel: 136, including various support/logistics personnel; Four Type 1 (Hotshot) and 1 Type 3 Tanana crew.
Aircraft: One Type 2 helicopter and one Type 3 helicopter
Equipment: 8 boats, 2 dump trucks, ATV’s and other misc. equipment.

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 Karen Scholl’s Type 3 organization. The Baker fire is managed by Mike Bradley’s Type 4 organization. The Hay Slough Fire continues to be jointly managed by Scholl and Bradley.

Well-over 100 miles of the Yukon and Tanana rivers are managed by Scholl’s Type 3 organization. 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, on the Spicer Creek fire west of Bear Creek, hotshot crews finished mopping up along the length of the creek up to Helispot 91 along the Bear Creek-Site Road containment line. The infrared camera showed no remaining hot spots along the creek yesterday. The only remaining hot spots showing up on the infrared camera were along Site Road. Operations flew a reconnaissance flight yesterday afternoon over all Tanana Area Fires monitoring for fire activity or smoke. There was minimal fire activity adjacent to the perimeter fire lines.

Today, skies are expected to be cloudy with cooler temperatures and higher humidity. Weather permitting; there will be a reconnaissance flight over the north end of Spicer Creek fire. Firefighters will mop up hot spots found along the north end of Site Road. The remaining firefighters will be assisting in supply and clean-up around Tanana, the bank of the Yukon River and around the airport. Today is the last day for the four Type 1 hotshot crews. In the last 2 ½ days, 42,000 pounds of fire equipment and supplies, including more than 80 miles of hoses and 188 water pumps, have been shipped out of Tanana.

Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy with patchy smoke. Isolated rain showers are expected in the afternoon. Maximum temperature will be between 59-66 degrees with a minimum humidity between 55-62%. West winds are expected from 6-11 mph with afternoon gusts up to 20 mph. Tonight’s forecast cloudy skies with patchy smoke and isolated thundershowers. Expect the minimum temperature to be around 50 degrees and maximum humidity between 88-97%. Southwest winds are forecasted to be 4-8 mph. Sunday, expect mostly cloudy skies with patchy smoke and isolated rain showers. Maximum temperature is forecasted to be 62-67 degrees and minimum humidity between 57-68%. Expect southwest winds from 5-10 mph.

For more info: For today, please contact Information Officer Pat York at 907-799-4212 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, Baker and other fires in Alaska, contact the BLM Alaska Fire Service at 907-356-5511 or blm_ak_afs_public_affairs@blm.gov or https://akfireinfo.com/.

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