Fire Behavior moderates on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Cooler weather is helping to moderate fire behavior on the 69-acre Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391). These conditions will continue through Independence Day, giving crews one more day of reprieve before high pressure returns to the area. Temperatures today will top out in the upper 60s but will increase by 10 degrees on Friday. The lightning-caused fire, which began June 26, is 10 percent contained.

Crews continue to strengthen containment lines using hose lines, portable pumps, and chainsaws to safely remove flammable vegetation and the threat of escape along the fire’s perimeter.

Managing wildland fires also includes Alaskans working together. For example, a water tender from nearby Eielson Air Force Base was used yesterday at the fire’s helibase in order to decrease dust caused by aircraft, and facilities at Salcha Fire and Rescue will soon be used by fire managers to supplement those at the incident’s command post. These resources help support the five crews and two helicopters currently assigned to the fire.

A Temporary Flight Restriction 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.

Los Padres Interagency Hotshots returning to their camp on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire after a long day on the fireline. Photo/Shawn Bawden

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