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.
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.