Containment of the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) near Salcha is holding steady at 5% but the fire size increased to 69 acres, due to more accurate mapping of the perimeter.
Firefighters are continuing to improve and secure firelines and to mitigate hazard trees near the fire’s perimeter. No structures are threatened by the fire which is burning about 18 miles northeast of Harding Lake.
Two 20-person Interagency Hotshot Crews from California plus needed supplies and equipment arrived yesterday. These reinforcements will build upon the success of the firefighters and aviation assets that have been engaged in containing the fire since it started June 26. In total, there are now three crews and two helicopters assigned to the fire.
The Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team took command of the fire yesterday.
Cooler conditions will remain over the area today with temperatures generally in the upper 60s and lower 70s while relative humidity levels will drop to near 30%. Very hot and dry conditions are expected to develop beginning Wednesday and continue through early next week.
Smoke Forecast: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/Alaska Restrictions:
A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in effect for the area over the fire.
Alaska Interagency Fire Information Line: 907-356-5511