South Fork Salcha fire now estimated at more than 8,000 acres

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.

A burned portion of the 8,344-acre South Fork Salcha Fire located approximately 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks. Kale Casey/Alaska DNR-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.

The latest perimeter map of the 8,344-acre South Fork Salcha Fire (#204) located approximately 25 miles north of Delta Junction and 70 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

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.

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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