Firefighters continue to make progress on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) continue to make good progress laying hose around the perimeter of the fire burning near Salcha.  Significantly cooler, wetter weather forecasted for Sunday could help them hold the fire in check. The fire remains at 52 acres.

Helicopters have been scooping buckets of water from the Salcha River and dropping it mainly on the southern and eastern flanks of the fire. Firefighters have completed assessment and protection of 60-70 structures along the Salcha River. The nearest cabin is 1-1/2 miles from the fire and there is no immediate threat to the homes and cabins in the area.

As a safety precaution, fire managers are asking people to avoid the area of fire operations from approximately Mile 30 of the Salcha River upriver to Deep Creek.  A Temporary Flight Restriction is in effect over the area to ensure the safety of those fighting the fire from the air.

There are 54 firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire. Additional crews and equipment are on order to support the firefighting effort. The Gila-Las Cruces Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team will be taking over management of the fire on Monday.

The Ninetyeight Creek fire was started by lightning on Wednesday about 18 miles northeast of Harding Lake.

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

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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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