South Fork Salcha Fire blowing smoke into Fairbanks

A wildfire north of Delta Junction is blowing smoke into Fairbanks, North Pole and Salcha.

The South Fork Salcha Fire was reported Thursday morning approximately 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 25 miles north of Delta Junction. The fire is approximately 2 miles north of the Pogo Mine Road at milepost 25.

An aerial photo of the South Fork Salcha Fire on Friday. The lightning-caused fire is now estimated at approximately 3,600 acres. John Lyons/BLM Alaska Fire Service

The fire is believed to be lightning caused and was estimated at 100 acres on initial size up but has since grown to an estimated 3,600 acres as of noon on Friday.

Because the fire is in a limited protection area and no resources are immediately threatened, the Alaska Division of Forestry has not taken suppression action on the fire. There is an old burn scar to the south between the head of the fire and the Pogo Mine Road.

A flight on Friday showed the fire burning in black and white spruce, hardwoods and alpine tundra. It was 90 percent active with group torching in black spruce.

Winds from the east are blowing smoke into the Fairbanks and surrounding areas.

The Alaska Division of Forestry’s Fairbanks Area office will monitor the fire to determine if any action is required to protect values at risk or other resources that may become threatened. The trans-Alaska pipeline corridor is 20 miles to the west of the fire.

For more information contact Alaska Division of Forestry public information officer Tim Mowry at 907-356-5511 or For information about this and other Alaska wildfires, go to

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