The #HessCreekFire has grown to 94,000 acres. Continued cooler temperatures and high relative humidity created ideal conditions for firefighters to deploy into remote areas to protect structures. Crews thinned trees, cleared brush and created defensible space around structures identified as protectable. Firefighters working in the Livengood Creek area made significant progress working their way through the area, clearing around cabins.
As the fire continues to grow, the Nevada Incident Management Team is expanding the area for which it is planning protection. The fire recently progressed into the northern part of the White Mountains National Recreation Area in the headwaters of Victoria Creek. Expected growth is toward Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River, and the team anticipates that the fire will eventually reach the river if current and expected fire conditions prevail. The team has deployed firefighters to set up a sprinkler protection system and other protective measures at Colorado Creek public use cabin in the White Mountains. Use extreme caution if you are traveling in these areas. Be advised that smoke from this and other fires may interfere with your air taxi pickup or other aviation-related plans.
Clouds and cool temperatures kept fire behavior to a minimum during the last two days. However, as temperatures start to warm up throughout the week, the vegetation will dry out. With more receptive fuels, the team expects to see a daily increase in fire activity. Smoke will continue to become highly visible from the Elliott Highway and the Livengood area. Residents and visitors will continue to see smoke.
Due to the continued fire growth, the public should remain aware of current fire conditions. Know before you go! See the most recent information on the Hess Creek Fire here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6404/
Also, as we’re coming into the Fourth of July weekend, the public should be careful that their recreational activities do not ignite a fire.
Location: 12 miles northeast of Livengood
Start Date: June 21
Size: 94,000 acres
Total Personnel: 53
Categories: AK Fire Info