Round up of Alaska wildland fires

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and patchy cloud cover has moderated fire behavior on the Mooseheart (#204) and Zitziana River (#133) fires burning west of Fairbanks.

The 144 personnel assigned to the two fires have completed a pump and hose lay for an indirect fireline, continue with their mop up of firelines around the cabins and homes on Kindamina Lake, and continue with point protection work on Native allotments and cabins along the Tanana River.

The Zitziana River Fire remains at an estimated 34,380 acres and the Mooseheart Fire is an estimated 53,365 acres. The two lightning-caused wildfires are approximately 100 miles west of Fairbanks and 8 miles south of Manley Hot Springs.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in place over the Mooseheart and Zitziana River fires. Pilots should go to http://tfr.faa.gov/ to check NoTAMS before flying anywhere in the area.

Here are the other staffed fires currently in Alaska:

Tatalina River Fire (#245) — 58 acres, eight personnel, approximately 45 miles northwest of Fairbanks and 5 miles east of the Elliott Highway, lightning caused on June 15. The eight smokejumpers assigned to the fire continued mopping up on Saturday. A grid of the fire was completed and no heat was found within the perimeter. Demobilization via helicopter was set for Sunday morning.

Louise Creek Coal Seam 2018 Fire (#254) – 763 acres, 56 personnel, 5 miles northeast of Healy, started by a coal seam fire on June 19. Due to the hazards presented by coal seam fires, fire managers are employing a confine and monitor strategy on the fire, which is burning in a fire scar from previous coal seam fires. Crews and dozers completed re-establishing an old dozer line that is being used as a containment line on the west side of the fire. A helicopter was used to shuttle supplies on Saturday and a helicopter, water tender and fuel truck were released from the fire. Personnel are now transitioning to place the fire in monitor status. Tentative demobilization of crews and most other resources is planned for Tuesday.

Hadley Fire (#258) – 0.3 acre, 22 personnel, 20 miles southwest of Fairbanks on the Tanana Flats, human caused on June 20. The North Star Type 2 Crew continued mop-up operations Saturday and the fire was called contained and controlled. The crew will be demobilized back to Fairbanks today by boat.

Mosquito Creek Fire (#262) – 3 acres, 8 personnel, 40 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 6 miles northeast of Harding Lake, started on June 20, under investigation. All visible smokes were mopped up on the fire. A helicopter was used to shuttle supplies in and out of the fire. The eight smokejumpers assigned to the fire will begin gridding for hotspots today with a tentative demobilization of all personnel on Monday.

Top of the World Fire (#267) – 22 acres, 18 personnel, 8 miles west of U.S.-Canada border, started by lightning on June 21. Smokejumpers made good progress on Saturday and the perimeter of the fire was 90 percent contained at the end of shift on Saturday and will be fully contained at the end of shift Sunday. There was a slight decrease in size due to better perimeter mapping. If all goes according to plan, the 16 smokejumpers working on the fire will be released back to Fairbanks early Sunday evening.

 

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