9 p.m., July 15, 2016 – BLM Alaska Fire Service smokejumpers and aircraft are en route to a fire burning north of Minto and directly north of the Elliott Highway at milepost 106. Once there, they’ll be busy trying to contain the Starvation Creek Fire (#527) that is burning roughly 13 miles north of Minto and a mile east of a cabin. It is burning on Minto Village corporation land within a full protection area. The fire was spotted by an agency aircraft at 7:20 p.m. Friday while it was flying a detection flight in the BLM AFS’s Tanana Management Zone north of Fairbanks. The fire was originally estimated two acres in size and burning east in a mixture of spruce and hardwood trees. It was considered 90 percent active with flames torching and burning in the crowns of trees at a moderate rate of speed. Flame length was estimated at 3-5 feet. The eight smokejumpers weren’t able to find a spot to parachute in near the fire and will be shuttled from a jump spot to the fire by a helicopter. Smoke will be visible to people driving the Elliott Highway after it turns west to Manley Hot Springs.
For more information, call the fire information line at (907)356-5511.