Tanana area fires update, Aug. 2

Special Announcement: Today is the FINAL update for the Tanana Area Fires. The incident containment goals have been met and incident objectives achieved.

Special Announcement: The last public meeting to provide fire information will be noon Monday, Aug 3 at the Tanana Community Center.

Tanana Area Fire Facts at a Glance

TOTAL ACRES: 498,043

Cause: Lightning

Spicer Creek (4 mi. N Tanana) ~ 183,512 acres;
Harper Bend (6 mi. SE Tanana) ~43,387 acres
Moose Point (~55 mi. W Tanana) ~26,691 acres
Kokrine (~50 mi. W Tanana) ~4,811 acres;
Bering Creek (37 mi. SW Tanana) ~239,642 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: 132, 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, fire crews removed temporary structures constructed to access the west side of Bear Creek and pulled flagging and cleaned up along the Bear Creek – Site Road containment line. Firefighters mopped up the hot spots located on the north end of the Spicer Creek Fire on Site Road. Crews spent the remainder of the day cleaning equipment, packing and preparing supplies to be shipped and taking care of preparations for demobilization today and early in this week.

Today, four hotshot crews will be released from the fire. Several overhead will be released on Sunday and Monday. The target date for demobilizing most fire personnel and equipment and supplies from the fires is Tuesday or Wednesday.

For fire information through today: 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. On Monday, August 3rd, to obtain fire information regarding the Tanana Area Fires, 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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