Firefighters improving control lines on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Firefighters took advantage of cooler temperatures Tuesday to improve control lines along the Ninetyeight Creek Fire’s (#391) perimeter.   The lightning-caused fire burning near Salcha remains at 69 acres and is 5 percent contained.

“We have been working steadily to secure the fire’s edge until there is no longer a threat of escape,” said Josh Johnson, Operations Section Chief.

A high pressure system will return today, bringing higher temperatures and lower relative humidities. This has the potential to increase the fire’s activity within its perimeter and residents may see more smoke in the area.

Crews will continue to improve control lines today especially along the fire’s southern flank in order to protect structures within the Salcha River corridor. Helicopters are being used to transport personnel, cargo, and provide water support as needed. There are currently four crews and two helicopters assigned to the fire.

A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect over the fire area.

For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511 or email 2019.AFS.FIRES@gmail.com.

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