Caribou Creek Fire Update 7-5-2019

The 257-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255) east of Fairbanks was 80 percent contained as of Friday morning, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.  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.

Most of the saw work being done at this time is to make the area safer for firefighters in the mop-up stage. Non-critical equipment and supplies are being removed and flown back to the State Fire Warehouse in Fairbanks to be distributed to other fires. Equipment that was set up to protect cabin on the south has also been removed.

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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