Mid Salcha Fire now 90 percent contained

July 23, 11:25 a.m. – Containment on the Mid Salcha Fire increased on Friday while the estimated number of acres burned decreased.
Due to better mapping, the burned acreage total for the wildfire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks is now estimated at 1,049 acres, down from the previous estimate of 1,164 acres, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Containment, meanwhile, is now listed at 90 percent.
The fire is located about 15 air miles upriver from the Richardson Highway. It is one-half mile south of the river and 3 miles north of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.
The fire has received approximately 3 inches of rain in the past week and firefighters are in the final stages of mopping up and backhauling supplies. Crews will focus on mopping up 300 feet in on the north flank of the fire closest to the river and cabins today and 100 feet in on the south flank.
There were still 84 personnel working on the fire Friday but that number is dropping. The Fort Yukon #1 and #2 crews were released from the fire on Friday and the BLM Alaska Fire Service’s North Star crew is scheduled to be released from fire on Saturday, leaving only the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanook Wildland Fire Crew and the Fairbanks #2 Crew on the fire. All personnel are expected to be released from the fire at the end of Sunday’s operational shift.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

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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