June 14, 2016 – Crews continue to work around the edges of the Warren Creek fire after yesterday’s rains and colder temperatures kept fire activity subdued. The fire was reportedly creeping and smoldering yesterday as the area got not quite .2 of an inch of rain. However, that could change with sunny skies today and temperatures predicted to rise to the 70s in the next few days. The Holy Cross Type 2 crew was the latest, and if things go as planned, last crew to join the suppression efforts yesterday as they continue secure the fire perimeter and work to have containment around a majority of the fire tomorrow. Crews are also concentrating on the east side of the fire to ensure that winds won’t cause it to impact cabins and an airstrip a mile to the east at Dahl Creek, and the village of Kobuk about five miles to the southeast. For the most part, the winds are predicted to continue to push the fire away from nearby villages and farther north where the terrain turns hilly with tundra that runs into rock. The fire is estimated to be 3,200 acres.
There have been a total of 225 people working the fire, including hand crews on the ground and people supporting aerial resources. Airplanes are staged in remote villages of Bettles and Galena, including four water-dropping Fire Boss airplanes and a larger water-scooping CL415, in case they are needed if the fire flares up today. They stayed on the ground yesterday due to the rain. There are three helicopters also assigned to the fire to help with logistics and bucket drops.
For more information, contact Beth Ipsen, public affairs specialist for BLM Alaska Fire Service, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (907)356-5511 or (907)388-2159.