Firefighters making headway on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Hot weather made for a day of active burning on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) today. However, firefighters continued to make good headway in corralling the fire and there was no new growth.  Crews completed construction of a sawline and hoseline around the perimeter and the fire remains at 52 acres. Water-scooping aircraft were used today to attack the flames within the interior.

An additional crew is being sent to the fire tomorrow. The Gila/Las Cruces Type 3 Interagency Incident Management Team will be taking over command of the fire on Monday.

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.

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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