Minimal Fire Behavior Yesterday on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire

A line of firefighters prepares to board a helicopter in a grass field.
Members of the Los Padres Interagency Hotshot Crew prepare to fly to the Ninetyeight Creek Fire incident command post. Photo by Public Information Officer Shawn Bawden

Yesterday was the first test of containment lines around the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) as the weather transitioned to warmer and drier conditions. The fire, burning near Salcha, held at 69 acres while firefighters increased containment to 45%. Fire behavior was minimal due to the hard work and diligence of 124 firefighters assigned to the fire. “The Ninetyeight Creek Fire was the only fire in the Military Zone that didn’t stand up (i.e., actively burn),” said Incident Commander Ricky Cox. 

Warm and dry conditions will persist for the fire area into early next week as a ridge of high pressure remains in place. High temperatures today and on Monday will be in the mid-80s and relative humidity will dip below 30%. Heavy smoke is also forecasted to impact Tanana Valley including Fairbanks for the next two days.  Crews will continue securing containment lines today. Resources will remain until all incident objectives have been met. These include limiting the fire’s impacts to values at risk such as military sites, private lands and Native allotments on the Salcha River.

Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) remains in effect for the area over the fire. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s office has suspended the sale and use of fireworks in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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