Nugget Creek Fire 7-8-2019

Smoke conditions on Sunday prevented a reconnaissance flight planned for the 6,937-acre Nugget Creek Fire (#323) burning in the Chena River State Recreation Area east of Fairbanks.

Fire managers are hoping to be able to fly the fire today to assess current fire growth and behavior, if smoke conditions allow.

Personnel were able to assess approximately 12 structures on Chena Hot Springs Road south from milepost 25.9. This will help develop a structure protection plan, should the need arise in the future. Today crews will continue to patrol the area along the Chena River, assessing structures there.

The Nugget Creek fire was started by lightning on June 21 and is located approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks along the south side of Chena Hot Springs Road between mileposts 32 and 40. The fire, which is in a limited protection area, is being monitored by firefighters along the road and from the air. Fire managers’ primary objective is to keep the fire south of both the Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road.

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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