Copper Center, AK: The fire acreage is still unchanged at 19,719 acres. Fire personnel flew the fire perimeter and observed that several smoldering areas still exist, but are not approaching areas of concern near the Chitina River. It is smoldering in an area along the confluence and to the northwest of the Chakina & Klu Rivers. Most of the smoldering and smoke was observed in areas that are within the black, burned perimeter and are consuming unburned fuel that still exist after the fire first moved through. Rain is forecasted for the early part of next week, which should dampen any unburned fuel and reduce movement or growth of the fire.
Most of the fire personnel will be demobilizing today, with a few local resources staying on to monitor the fire area. This time of year the area may receive sunny dry conditions for a few days and then rainy conditions. Keep in mind that the fire will continue to produce smoke as it smolders and possibly dries out during those sunny dry days, but personnel continue to monitor its possible activity. This will be the last report unless significant activity occurs on the fire. For more information on the Steamboat Creek Fire please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4867/
The Steamboat Creek Fire smolders near the confluence of the Klu and Chakina Rivers.
Photo Credit: Jamie Hart, National Park Service