Shovel Creek Fire: Maps and Photos Showing Progress of Burn Operations on Day #2

Firefighters were able to reengage through the night, with support from helicopters cooling hot spots, to proactively protect structures in and around the Martin neighborhood. Structure protection specialists have been preparing the private homes and structures for well over a week, clearing brush and limbing trees. 14 water tenders have been supplying portable tanks with a continuous supply of water for the sprinklers and hose lays that were originally set up a week ago. An estimated 160,000 gallons of water was sprayed around the cabins.

Closeup showing the progress of the strategic firing operation along Old Murphy Dome Road.

As conditions allow, firefighters will continue a planned firing operation to burnout along the fuel break on Old Murphy Dome Road east to reach the dozer line in the Perfect Perch area. Several crews progressing east will be 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.  Photo credit: J Michael Johnson/PNW2
Firefighting efforts on the Shovel Creek Fire, located north of Murphy Dome, northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. Photo credit: J Michael Johnson/PNW2

Due to an ongoing firing operation, residents who leave while in Level 3 Evacuation Status will not be allowed to re-enter their properties. An evacuation shelter has been established at Randy Smith School (1401 Bainbridge Blvd, Fairbanks, AK) to accommodate evacuees. A temporary pet shelter is located at the Tanana Fairgrounds. For more information about evacuation levels issued by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, please visithttp://fnsb.us/eo/Pages/EM.aspx, or call (907) 459-1308.

RESOURCES: 8 hotshot crews, 11 type 2 handcrews, 20 engines, 14 dozers, 7 helicopters, and 17 water tenders

WEATHER: Smoke is moderating temperatures over the fire area which are forecasted for the mid-to-high 70s today. Winds are forecasted to be variable and terrain influenced. Overnight temperature will remain above 60 degrees combined with poor overnight recovery. With increased fire behavior on the Shovel Creek and neighboring fires like the Hess and Nugget Creek, smoke will continue to impact the Fairbanks area. For more information on smoke and air quality, visit: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska

CLOSURES: The Alaska National Guard is currently staffing three road closures that will remain in place until further notice; (1) Spinach Creek Rd. and Old Murphy Dome Rd. junction – westbound (2) Murphy Dome Rd. and Old Murphy Dome Rd. junction – northbound (3) Murphy Dome Summit and Old Murphy Dome Rd.  A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place in the air space over the fire. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMS at: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_5441.html

###Shovel Creek Fire Information

Fire Information: 907-347-6801

Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.gov

Shovel Creek Firehttps://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/

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