Firefighters, aircraft continue work on fire near Salcha River

It was another busy day for firefighters and aircraft on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha as the fire in doubled in size on Thursday to an estimated 116 acres. BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Zone managers expect another active day as warm and dry conditions are predicted to continue through the end of the weekend.

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire is burning in an area north of the Salcha River. This photo was taken the night of June 27, 2019.

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire is burning in an area north of the Salcha River. This photo was taken the night of June 27, 2019.

No structures are immediately threatened. Firefighters on the ground and aircraft are working hard to prevent this from changing. This includes two helicopters dipping buckets of water out of the nearby Salcha River and possibly water-scoopers out of the nearby Harding Lake. Because of the increased activity, for sake of both firefighter and the public safety, as a precaution we’re asking people to stay out of the area of operation from the Ninetyeight Creek at approximately 30 mile of the Salcha River upriver to Deep Creek.

On Thursday, firefighters had success using water-scooping aircraft to slow the growth of the fire. That aerial attack will continue today on the south and east flanks of the fire. In addition, crews are continuing their assessment of what’s needed to protect the numerous residences, recreational cabins, and other structures in the area.  Additional crews and equipment are on order to support the firefighting effort. The six-person emergency firefighter squad from Minto and Tanana is due to arrive later today.

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire is burning in black spruce northeast of where Ninetyeight Creek flows into the Salcha River.  This lightning-caused fire started on Wednesday.  A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect over the area to ensure the safety of those fighting the fire from the air.

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

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Map of Ninetyeight Mile Creek on June 27, 2019.

Map of Ninetyeight Mile Creek on June 27, 2019. Click on 20190628_391_ansiA_Landscape for PDF version of map.

 

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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