Beaver Fire and Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update for 7-9-19 2019

The Gila Las Cruces Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command of the Beaver Fire (#390) this morning. This is in addition to the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) which they have been managing since July 1. The team will also respond to any new fires within Fort Wainwright’s Yukon Training Area.

A firefighter standing on the skid of a helicopter prepares to descend on a rope as the pilot watches the ground from a window.
Helirappeller Ben Dronen of the Wenatchee Valley Helirappellers prepares for a mission on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire while Pilot Bill Hansen checks conditions on the ground. Photo by Public Information Officer Shawn Bawden

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire is the smaller of the two incidents. It has been held to 69 acres since Sunday, but containment increased to 60% last night. Crews will continue to improve control lines along the fire’s perimeter, search for hot spots, and prepare to backhaul equipment that is no longer needed. There has been minimal fire activity for several days.

By contrast, the Beaver Fire has been burning actively and is expected to grow due to increasing temperatures and decreasing relative humidity. Today’s planned actions include monitoring the fire’s progress and behavior, assessing threats from potential fuels, and determining the right tactics for the conditions on the ground.The fire is primarily burning in a military impact area, where there is a known risk from unexploded ordnance, preventing response on the ground and by low-flying suppression aircraft. 

Hot and dry conditions will continue through mid-week. Tuesday and Wednesday will be in the low to mid-80s and relative humidity will hover around 30%. Heavy smoke will continue to impact the Tanana Valley over the next two days.

Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the area over the Ninetyeight Creek Fire. The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s office has suspended the sale and use of fireworks in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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