Hess Creek Fire update 7/5/19

As vegetation dried out due to warmer weather, the #HessCreekFire grew yesterday to 99,100 acres. Firefighters observed more smoke on the perimeter as they prepared for increased fire behavior during the next few days.  

Firefighters in the Livengood Creek area have completed structure protection on identified cabins. They are now focusing on Livengood’s cultural resources and historic sites, attempting to preserve the history of the area. Firefighters have also placed water tanks and hoses around the structures in preparation for the anticipated fire growth. Crews working along the Elliott Highway and the Old Elliott Highway have cleared brush and thinned heavy vegetation. Another group of firefighters continues to identify previously unmapped structures in isolated areas and to assess the level of protection they may need as the fire advances.

Fire managers warn visitors to use extreme caution over the holiday weekend. Expected growth of the fire is toward Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River. Be advised that smoke from this and other fires may interfere with air taxi pickup or other aviation-related plans.

Fire Behavior/Weather:  

Record high temperatures are predicted for the next five days. Fire activity will likely increase significantly, and the fire may make large runs in the black spruce. Smoke will be highly visible from the Elliott Highway and the Livengood area, and may affect the northern portion of the White Mountains National Recreation Area.

Public Awareness:

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/

The public should be careful that their recreational activities do not ignite a fire. Extreme fire danger has led the BLM impose fire restrictions on its lands in east-central Alaska, including the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Until further notice, open fires are allowed only in fire rings in established campgrounds. More information on BLM’s fire restrictions is available at http://www.blm.gov/afs/fire-restrictions.

Fire Statistics

Location: 12 miles northeast of Livengood                                                           Start Date: June 21
Size:  99,100 acres                                                                                       Containment: 0%
Total Personnel: 60                                                                                   
Cause:  Lightning

Categories: AK Fire Info

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