Tanana Zone Fire Update for 7-8-19

The high pressure ridge over central Alaska continues to produce hot and dry conditions. Within the Tanana Zone, fires burned an additional 1,675 acres on Sunday, but there were no new fires reported. The number of fires this year remains at 22, and the year-to-date burned area within the Tanana Zone is 55,899 acres. Here is a brief status report of the more significant fires burning in the Tanana Zone:

Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361) – Smoky conditions this morning are preventing helicopters from working on the fire, which is located on the east side of the Cosna River and south of Manley Hot Springs.  The northest portion of the fire was very active Sunday night and produced a significant smoke column. The south side of the fire is backing into a riparian area. Plans are in place to protect cabins near the fire. The fire remains at 16,239 acres.

Foraker Fire (#389) – The Foraker Fire is located to the east of Birch Creek, approximately 22 miles west of Kantishna in the Denali National Park. Poor visibility prohibited air traffic yesterday and this morning. The fire grew 1,400 acres to its current 13,370 acres. Satellite imagery shows that it remains two mile away from the nearest structure.

Bergman Creek Fire (#312) – Crews have placed hose for fire protection around nearby allotments, and sprinklers have been placed around structures. Fire activity increased significantly on Sunday, with the active edge of the fire increasing from 5% to about 30% of the entire perimeter. The fire size is 10,889 acres.

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