More rain falls on Mid Salcha Fire

July 21, 6:30 p.m. – It was another wet day for wildland firefighters on the 1,165-acre Mid Salcha Fire south of Fairbanks on Thursday.
Almost another inch of rain fell on the fire burning near the Salcha River about 15 air miles upstream from the Richardson Highway, putting the total rainfall that has fallen on the fire in the last five days at approximately 3 inches.
Containment on the fire remains at 50 percent and crews continue to be challenged by the wet conditions and high water in the Salcha River as a result of the heavy rainfall.
“We’re battling cold, wet weather more than we are the fire at this stage,” Incident Commander Trevor Fulton from the Alaska Division of Forestry said. “But crews continue making progress chasing down stubborn hotspots that remain in critical areas of the fire.”
There are still 123 personnel assigned to the fire but two crews will be demobilized on Friday, dropping the number of personnel to around 80.
Crews continue focusing on the north flank of the fire closest to the Salcha River and recreational cabins.

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Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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