Smaller team managing Zitziana River and Mooseheart fires; three new fire starts

A small contingent of firefighters remain on the Zitziana River (#133) and Mooseheart (#204) fires Friday morning as command transfers to a Type 4 management organization. Due to forecasted weather and moderating fire activity, fire managers have been reducing the number of firefighters providing point protection for cabins and allotments in the areas around the fires. The White Mountain Type2 Initial Attack Crew, smokejumpers and all other extra personnel are being released today and are traveling to their home bases.

This will be the last daily update for the Zitziana River and Mooseheart fire unless there is a significant increase in fire activity.

The Zitziana River Fire is an estimated 35,113 acres. 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.

Skinny’s 2018 Fire (#292) – 0.1 acres, six personnel, approximately 25 miles west of Fairbanks, human caused. Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters knocked down flames as the interior of the fire became active Thursday afternoon. With the assistance of an Ester Volunteer Fire Department water tender, personnel gridded for hot spots and mopped up the perimeter 20 feet towards the interior.

Stebbins Dump Fire (#280) – 25 acres, an increase of 15 acres, outside of Stebbins, human caused on June 26. Smokejumpers contained the fire and were demobilized Thursday. The fire is now in monitor status.

Three new fires were reported Thursday:

Northwood Fire (#295) – 0.3 acres, in Anchorage near Northwood Street and Raspberry Road, human caused. Anchorage Fire Department requested DOF’s assistance with a brush fire in Anchorage. Gannett Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew responded and worked with AFD to contain and control the fire. The fire has been left in monitor status.

Live Valley #4 Fire (#296) – .3 acres, Fort Wainwright, Yukon Training Area, human caused. Range Control reported the fire with 20 percent of its perimeter burning actively with 1 foot flame lengths in tundra, creeping and smolder behavior with a low rate of spread. The fire is located in a Limited Management Area and was placed in monitor status.

King’s River Fire (#298) – .1 acres, near Mile Post 66.5 of the Glenn Highway, human caused. A local resident reported an unattended campfire. Forestry Prevention personnel responded and extinguished the fire.

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