The #HessCreekFire, now mapped at 97,696 acres, showed very little growth yesterday. Firefighters continue to work on thinning trees and brush, setting up hose, pumps, and sprinklers around the structures, and utilizing back-burns as needed. A new crew arrived to assist in structure protection and began their work along the Elliott Highway. Another group of firefighters completed protection of the Victoria Cabin, and is working on setting up a sprinkler protection system and other protective measures at Colorado Creek public use cabin in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Firefighters working in Livengood Creek made significant progress working their way through the area, clearing around cabins. Helicopters have been supporting the crews as needed. Firefighters are still discovering additional remote structures, so structure protection continues to be a major priority for the Incident Management Team, Nevada Team 2.
The fire continues to progress 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 Team 2 anticipates that the fire will eventually reach the river if current and expected fire conditions prevail. 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.
Cool temperatures prevailed again yesterday, keeping fire behavior to a minimum. However, days without precipitation have caused the vegetation to dry out and become more susceptible to fire. 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, especially in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. 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: 97,696 acres
Total Personnel: 60
Categories: AK Fire Info