A mapping mission on Tuesday estimated the size of the South Fork Salcha Fire at 8,344 acres, an increase of nearly 5,000 acres from previous estimates, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
The wildfire is located in a limited protection area approximately 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks. It was started by lightning on June 8 and exhibited extreme fire behavior before more than 2 inches of rain over the weekend settled the fire down.
Because the fire is burning in a limited suppression area and there are no values at risk immediately threatened, the Alaska Division of Forestry has taken no suppression action on the fire and is monitoring it by air and from the Pogo Mine Road.
Tuesday’s mapping flight revealed minimal fire activity, with three or four smokes observed in the interior of the fire but no active flames.
The Division of Forestry will continue to monitor the fire to see if it becomes active as conditions warm and dry.
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