Firefighters complete saw line around Caribou Creek Fire to reach 60% containment

This is part of the 4.5-mile saw line that firefighters have cut around the Caribou Creek Fire burning east of Fairbanks and north of Two Rivers.  Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

This is part of the 4.5-mile saw line that firefighters have cut around the Caribou Creek Fire burning east of Fairbanks and north of Two Rivers. Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

Progress continues to be made on creating fireline around the 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire that is burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers.

The fire was started by lightning on June 16 and is located on a remote ridge approximately 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near milepost 18. The fire was 60 percent contained as of Sunday night, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Firefighters on Sunday completed a saw line all the way around the fire and are now focused on setting up pumps and hose lays around the 4.5-mile perimeter of the fire to provide a water source so firefighters can begin mop-up operations.. The water will be used to extinguish hotspots firefighters find along and inside the containment line that was cut around the fire.

A helicopter drops off supplies fMonday, June 24, 2019 for firefighters working on the Caribou Creek Fire north of Two Rivers, about 25 miles east of Fairbanks. Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

A helicopter drops off supplies Monday, June 24, 2019 for firefighters working on the Caribou Creek Fire north of Two Rivers, about 25 miles east of Fairbanks. Photo by Thomas Krock/Alaska Division of Forestry

The fire is burning deeply in tundra and spruce, causing spruce trees to fall across containment lines that then must be cut up and removed.

Aerial resources were utilized Monday for logistical purposes to re-stock fresh food, water and supplies to the nine crews staffing the fire. There a total of 159 personnel working on the fire.

Solar heating and erratic winds are helping to dry out vegetation that received steady rains over the weekend. However, the fire remains within the existing perimeter.

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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