Current Situation: The Southern Idaho Type 3 Team took control of the Hess Creek Fire at 7:00 a.m. on July 9. The team is predominately from Idaho and is replacing Nevada’s Type 3 Team 2, which finished its 14-day assignment. Members of the new team embedded themselves yesterday with the outgoing team to gain a better understanding of the resources at risk and maintain continuity between the two teams. The Hess Creek Fire is pushing from the summit of Amy Dome south toward the Elliott Highway. The Alaska Department of Transportation is aware of this dynamic situation. Operation personnel will conduct firing operations along the Elliott Highway when/if appropriate to protect the Fred Blixt and Nelson cabins (between MP 62 and 66) and any other values in the area. Today, fire personnel will continue with structure protection operations, conducting burnout operations from the ground and helicopter if needed to slow the fire’s progression. Fire crews will also begin assessing structures south of the Elliott Highway should the fire continue to spread south.
Fire Behavior and Weather: The fire remains active with behavior increasing during the afternoon. The fire continued to spread south and southeast yesterday. Hot and dry conditions will prevail for the next few days, with heavy smoke from regional fires impacting air quality across Interior Alaska.
Public Awareness: Due to the fire’s location, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) closed the Fred Blixt and Colorado Creek public use cabins on July 8. The Elliott Highway is still open, but be advised that access may be delayed due to fire operations occurring in the area. Poor visibility is likely as smoke from the fire drops into the valley along the highway. Motorists should drive slowly and cautiously with lights on and watch for fire equipment and firefighters along the roadways.
Due to the continued fire growth, the public should remain aware of current fire conditions, especially in the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Know before you go! See the most recent information on the Hess Creek Fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6404.
The public should be careful that their recreational activities do not ignite a fire. Extreme fire danger led the BLM to impose fire restrictions on its lands in east-central Alaska, including the White Mountains National Recreation Area. Until further notice, open fires are allowed only in fire rings in established campgrounds. More information on BLM’s fire restrictions is available at http://www.blm.gov/afs/fire-restrictions.
Visit www.Inciweb.nwcg.gov for more information on these and other fires.
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