State forestry still monitoring small wildfire near Steese Highway north of Fairbanks

A small wildfire burning north of Fairbanks near milepost 62 of the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks has grown slightly and continues to attract attention from passing motorists but has not prompted any action by the Alaska Division of Forestry.

A photo of Cripple Creek Fire near milepost 62 of the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks on June 11. Photo by Isaac Solomon/Alaska Division of Forestry

Following a reconnaissance flight on Monday, the Cripple Creek Fire (#201) was estimated at 40 acres, an increase of 15 acres since it was last checked on Saturday but it remains within the management action points established by fire managers for the Alaska Division of Forestry.

The fire became active on Sunday and was producing significant smoke. The Division of Forestry received several calls about the fire, prompting Monday’s reconnaissance flight.

The fire is smoldering about 1 ½ miles west of the Steese Highway. It was initially reported on June 8 as a one-quarter acre fire. The fire is burning in the footprint of the 2004 Boundary Fire and no suppression action has been taken thus far because the fire is burning in a Limited protection area.

Fire managers have established management action points in the event the fire continues to grow toward the highway or toward Sourdough Camp, about 3 miles to the east, where there are several mining dwellings. The objective is to keep the fire north of the Old Steese Highway and west of Sourdough Camp.

The Division of Forestry’s Fairbanks Area office will continue to monitor the fire to determine if action will be taken.



About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: 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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