Caribou Creek Fire Update 7-8-2019

Crews on Sunday continued mopping up and checking for hot spots along the perimeter of the 257-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255) north of Chena Hot Springs Road in Two Rivers.

The fire about 25 mile east of Fairbanks was 80 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. There are currently 102 personnel assigned to the fire, which was started by lightning on June 16.  Firefighters continue working toward full containment and will be gridding for hot spots 300 feet inside the perimeter.

The fire is burning on a remote ridge approximately 7 ½ miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near milepost 18.

Fire activity has been minimal, with most areas just seeing smoldering. Only minimal hotspots are being found in the gridding process. The interior of the fire is also being monitored to ensure there are no further spot fires developing in unburned areas. Any fires that do pop up would be well within the perimeter. Firefighters will likely continue mopping up for several more days.

Crews will be keeping a watchful eye as temperatures are expected to remain hot and dry. Some resources are being released to work on higher priority fires and the downsizing effort will continue as resources time out.

Categories: AK Fire Info

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