Nugget Creek Fire Update 7-5-2019

Fire behavior on the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) east of Fairbanks continues to be minimal, with backing, creeping, smoldering, and some isolated single tree torching in the interior of the fire. The fire has backed down to the south edge of the Chena River in several spots between miles 34-40 on Chena Hot Springs Road. The fire remains south of Chena Hot Springs Road and the Chena River.

The lightning-caused fire is located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks in the in the Chena River State Recreation Area.  The fire, in a Limited Protection Area, continues to be monitored from the air and ground.

The fire is currently about three-quarters of a mile from the Nugget Creek public-use cabin, which has sprinklers, pumps and hose set up around it in the event the fire threatens the cabin.

Alaska State Parks has closed both the cabin and the Mastodon Trail leading to it. The Mastodon Trail, trailhead, and cabin, along with the local campground are closed until further notice. The trailhead is located at mile 38.6 Chena Hot Springs Road. The Granite Tors Trail at mile 39, Chena Hot Springs Road, is also closed. For additional information regarding the trail or cabin, please contact Alaska State Parks at 451-2695

Drivers are cautioned to watch for fire equipment and to be prepared for reduced visibility along Chena Hot Springs Road. For information on current road conditions, visit http://511.alaska.gov.

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