Update – Wednesdsy, July 10th @ 8:00 am
Rob Allen, Incident Commander
Size: 18,558 acres Containment: 15% Personnel: 852 Start Date: June 21, 2019 Cause: Lightning
Firefighters have completed a five-day firing operation to create containment lines from Murphy Dome to the Perfect Perch area and north along the dozer line in the Murphy Creek drainage to the Chatanika River. Crews continue to construct fire line in the tussock tundra and work to secure the dozer line while also monitoring fire activity as forecasted thunderstorms could produce high winds. Aerial resources will continue to be available as conditions allow to cool hotspots near fire lines.
Two dozers and crews will be working on line construction and containment in the northwest corner of the fire, just south of the Chatanika River. Firefighters and equipment will be constructing, working up hill, to stop fire progress to the west while holding and securing fire lines. Structure protection continues on the cabins, homes and structures along the Chatanika.
Smoke will continue to be an issue with forecasted “unhealthy” air quality in the days ahead. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has created a 24-hour smoke respite center in the Chandler Room at 1650 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701. The public is also encouraged to minimize smoke exposure by staying indoors with the windows closed. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska
The Fairbanks North Star Borough has downgraded evacuation levels in the areas surrounding the Shovel Creek Fire. See below for specific neighborhood or corridor information:
· LEVEL 1 (READY) – Chatanika River corridor, Drouin, Hardluck, Moose Mountain, Coyote Jones, Hattie Creek, Lincoln Creek, Murphy and Vancouver neighborhoods
· LEVEL 2 (SET) – McCloud, Martin and Perfect Perch neighborhoods
· LEVEL 3 (GO) – (None)
A reentry hotline (907-371-4608) has been established to assist evacuees in coordinating questions and concerns. For more information about evacuation levels issued by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, please visit http://fnsb.us/eo/Pages/EM.aspx, or call (907) 459-1308.
RESOURCES: 10 hotshot crews, 13 Type 2 handcrews, 20 engines, 12 dozers, 7 helicopters, and 22 water tenders
WEATHER: Winds are forecasted out of the west will gusts up to 30 mph over the fire area today with temperatures in the mid-80s. The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for dry lighting on Thursday and Friday. Smoke will continue to be an issue in the valley through Friday morning with several fires including Shovel Creek, Hess and Nugget Creek Fires contributing to the poor air quality. For more information on smoke and air quality, visit: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska
CLOSURES: Access to the Martin and Perfect Perch neighborhoods will be opened to residents beginning Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. using the Murphy Dome and Old Murphy Dome Roads intersections. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., a secondary access route will be opened at the junction of Spinach Creek and Old Murphy Dome road. The temporary checkpoint at Old Murphy Dome Road and Bennett Highway will be lifted, allowing traffic access to the Chatanika River area. 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
Shovel Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/
YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M
Categories: AK Fire Info