FAIRBANKS, Alaska: The Mauneluk River 2 Fire, which was ignited by lightning on July
2nd, has grown to approximately 1355 acres (more than doubling in size since yesterday) and has crossed to the east side of the Mauneluk River. The fire is moving rapidly and exhibiting extreme behavior due to the hot, dry weather.
Yesterday evening the owner of the private lodge at Narvak Lake (which is within the “boot” portion of the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve) notified the Alaska Fire Service that the fire was 5.5 miles northwest of the lodge. Four smokejumpers were deployed to the site to set up fire protection measures for the lodge. Due to continued hot, dry conditions, fire management staff anticipate that the fire will move within the preserve boundary by later today.
Additional park information can be obtained at the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center by calling (907) 459-3730 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm daily or by visiting the website at http://www.nps.gov/gaar.