Beaver Fire and Ninetyeight Creek Fire Update, 7-10-19

While the Beaver Fire (#390) continued to grow Tuesday, mostly on its southeast flank, it remained north of the South Fork of the Chena River. The fire was also active on its northeast flank in the Pine Creek drainage. Managers are monitoring the fire from the air and making contingency plans. On Tuesday, firefighters staged portable water tanks, pumps, and hoses around military sites in the Yukon Training Area in the event those values are threatened. 

The safety of the public and firefighters is always the highest priority, and any actions will balance risks and benefits. The fire is burning predominately in a military impact area where unexploded ordnance poses a known risk. 

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) will spend today fortifying containment lines and removing equipment that is no longer needed. 

A thermal trough will move through the area today bringing increased winds from the west. Heavy smoke will continue to impact the entire area. Despite the wind shift, smoke conditions are not expected to improve due to the number of fires across the region. High temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 70s and daytime relative humidity will drop to around 34%. Isolated to scattered showers are anticipated, along with a chance of thunderstorms. 

Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the areas over the Beaver Fire and Ninetyeight Creek Fire (See Notice To Airmen FDC 9/7572). The sale and use of fireworks in the Fairbanks North Star Borough is prohibited. No campfires are allowed on state, private, or municipal lands in Southcentral and Interior Alaska.

Smoke Forecast: /wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/Alaska


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