Copper Center, AK: Small amounts of rain have kept fire acreage unchanged at 19,719 acres. On Thursday, July 28th, fire managers landed at the historic Monohan Cabin to cut brush and fuels to reach a “Firewise” standard. The “Firewise” program encourages steps to prepare ahead of a wildland fire and reduce the amount of fuel that could carry a fire. By reducing the amount of fuel or vegetation and adhering to this standard, we hope to minimize risk to firefighters, increase defensibility of a structure, and decrease response time needed to respond in case the fire reaches the cabin. The success of this prescription still relies on the use of sprinkler systems using the expertise and placement of firefighters if threatened by the fire.
The Firewise Communities Program encourages local solutions for safety by involving homeowners in taking individual responsibility for preparing their homes from the risk of wildfire. The Kennicott-McCarthy community was commended in 2014 as a certified Firewise Community. Landowners worked to clear their properties to provide for a more defensible space around their structures and homes. At this time the fire poses little risk of reaching the Kennicott-McCarthy community. The majority of smoke is being produced by smoldering materials on the southwest edge and isolated pockets of unburned interior fuels. With warmer sunnier days, amounts of smoke may still be seen in the fire area. Personnel continue to monitor the fire area with a medium-sized helicopter. If you’d like more information about Firewise and fire safety around your home, visit: http://www.firewise.org/ For more information on the Steamboat Creek Fire please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4867/
Monohan Cabin Before Firewise (above)
Photo Credits: Dub Evans, AK Division of Forestry
Monohan Cabin After Firewise (below)