Wildfire north of Murphy Dome threatening cabins along Chatanika River

UPDATE AS OF 8:15 p.m.

The Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome northeast of Fairbanks has grown to an estimated 200 acres and is still 100 percent active. Air tankers have dropped four loads of retardant to try and box the fire in and it seems to be holding against the fire. Winds out of the north are blowing the fire down into the valley. There is another small 1-2 acre fire that smokejumpers are working to extinguish with help from helicopter water drops. A hotshot crew is also enroute to the fire.

Temporary Flight Restriction has been put in place over the fire to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.

A photo of the smoke column from the Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Muyrphy Dome.

A photo of the smoke column from the Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome. Alaska Division of Forestry photo.

ORIGINAL INFORMAION AS OF 7 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry is responding to a rapidly growing wildfire approximately 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and 25 miles northwest of Fairbanks.

Shovel Creek Fire burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome on June 21, 2019 and about 2-1/2 miles south of Chatanika River.

The Shovel Creek Fire is burning 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and about 2-1/2 miles south of Chatanika River. This photo was taken at about 6:30 p.m. on June 21, 2019.

The Shovel Creek Fire (#319) was reported at 5:20 p.m. and is burning in continuous black spruce about 2 ½ miles south of the Chatanika River, just east of Shovel Creek. The fire is exhibiting intense fire behavior and is moving rapidly toward structures along the river.

Eight smokejumpers are being deployed on the fire and an air tanker is dropping retardant in an attempt to slow the spread of the fire. Another air tanker has been ordered to respond from Palmer. Helicopters and water-scooping aircraft have also been ordered for the fire, along with two bulldozers.

An Alaskan Type 2 incident management team has already been ordered to mobilize to the fast-moving fire.

This is a developing incident and more information will be provided as it is available.

For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency information office at (907) 356-5511.

Map of Shovel Creek Fire (#319) burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome as of 6:30 p.m. on June 21, 2019.

Map of Shovel Creek Fire (#319) burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome as of 6:30 p.m. on June 21, 2019. For a downloadable PDF version of the map go to Shovel_Creek_Fire_PDF map June 21

 

 

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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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