Caribou Creek Fire Update 7-4-2019

The 260-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255) east of Fairbanks was 75 percent contained as of Thursday morning, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The acreage has been reduced at this time due to better mapping. Firefighters continue working toward full containment on the fire burning north of Chena Hot Springs Road near the community of Two Rivers.

There are 107 firefighters working on the fire, which was started by lightning on June 16 and is burning on a remote ridge approximately 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near milepost 18.

A grid of 300 feet from the perimeter inwards was completed on the western side of the fire, to help prevent any hot spots from crossing the containment line. Crews continue with saw work on the bottom half today. Crews are working to clean up areas where trees fell when the root systems were burned or were cut down to construct containment line around the fire. Trees that are cut up are then being bone piled to create a safe working environment for firefighters. A new helispot has been constructed for medivac and crew transport and access, for future use.

Helicopters stationed at a helibase in Two Rivers are being used to shuttle crews to different spots on the fire and to backhaul trash and/or supplies that are no longer needed. Due to the remote nature of the fire, crews have been staying in spike camps at strategic spots around the fire and all supplies and food must be hauled in by helicopter.

Fire activity is minimal, with most areas just seeing smoldering. Crews will keep a watchful eye as temperatures will be increasing over the weekend.

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