Shovel Creek Fire Evening Update: Burn Operations Have Reached the Dozer Line near Perfect Perch and are Heading North

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Shovel Creek Fire Day 3 Burn is Progressing to the North. There will be crews working all throughout the evening and night monitoring the fire, extinguishing hot spots, and mopping up the edge.
Shovel Creek Fire Day 3 Burn is Progressing to the North. There will be crews working all throughout the evening and night monitoring the fire, extinguishing hot spots, and mopping up the edge.

With the hose lay in place and the green “pre treated”, fire personnel were able to initiate the strategic firing operation along the dozer line north of the Perfect Perch neighborhood. Firefighers reached the DP-27 location at approximately 8pm and were met by favorable winds as they initiated the burn to the north. The firefighters hand lite and then stand back and monitor the fuels as they consume, using hoses and helicopter water drops to extinguish spot fires. Videos of fire effects, hot shots with drip torches, and other fireline videos can be found at the Shovel Creek Fire YouTube Channel https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M

On July 8th in the evening, the burn received favorable winds as the lighting teams turned the corner and progressed north along the dozer line and hose lay.  Photo Credit: Barry Schullanberger Photo Credit: Barry Schullanberger
On July 8th in the evening, the burn received favorable winds as the lighting teams turned the corner and progressed north along the dozer line and hose lay. Photo Credit: Barry Schullanberger Photo Credit: Barry Schullanberger

As conditions allow, firefighters will continue the planned firing operation north towards Murphy Creek. There are several crews progressing north aided by lower temperatures, which will moderate fire behavior, and four Type 1 heavy helicopters, including two Black Hawks from the Alaska National Guard, that will provide air support to the burnout to help moderate fire activity.

Firefighting efforts on the Shovel Creek Fire, located north of Murphy Dome, northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. Firing Operations being conducted to secure the line north of Perfect Perch subdivision. Photo credit: J Michael Johnson PNW2/DNR Alaska Division of Forestry. 

Mop-up efforts continued along the northwest and southwest corners of the fire area while continuing structure protection work on cabins and structures around the Chatanika River. On the western flank, fire activity picked up near the Harldluck Creek Fire scar and patches of unburned fuel is beginning to burn. Fire activity in this area will likely be moderate and will back into the fire scar.

Smoke will continue to be an issue with forecasted “unhealthy” air quality in the days ahead. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has created a 24-hour smoke respite center in the Chandler Room at 1650 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701. The public is also encouraged to minimize smoke exposure by staying indoors with the windows closed. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska

Pacific Northwest Team 2 will host a community meeting at the Ken Kunkle Community Center (2645 Goldstream Road, Fairbanks AK) Tuesday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. Shovel Creek Fire Incident Commander Rob Allen and guest speakers will provide the current situation, fire behavior update, weather forecast and evacuation information. A question and answer session will follow the meeting which will also be streamed live at: https://www.facebook.com/FNSBEmergencyOperations.

Shovel Creek Fire Information
Fire Information: 907-347-6801
Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.gov
Shovel Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/
Web: www.akfireinfo.com
YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M

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