Beaver Fire crosses South Fork of Chena River, no growth on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

The Beaver Fire (#390) is still moving to the east/southeast and crossed the South Fork of the Chena River yesterday. Three small spot fires (totaling less than 1 acre) on the river’s south bank were showing minimal activity, and a helicopter was used to drop water on hot spots. Incident managers are continually looking for opportunities to lessen the fire’s impacts to military missions and values at risk. Due to the fire’s movement, Brigadier Road east of the intersection of Johnson Road is closed to ensure firefighter and public safety.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning until midnight today. A Red Flag Warning means warm temperatures, low humidities, and strong winds are expected to combine to produce an increased risk of fire danger. Scattered thunderstorms are forecasted, but due to frequent lightning strikes and dry fuels, new fire starts are possible. 

The Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) continued to hold at 69 acres and 75% containment. Yesterday three crews assigned to the fire moved to the incident’s command post where they will either be on standby to respond to new fires in the Yukon Training Area or re-assigned to other incidents. The Lassen Interagency Hotshot Crew will remain on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire. 

Closure: Brigadier Road east of the intersection of Johnson Road is closed. Military Police from Fort Wainwright will staff the closure to ensure firefighter and public safety. 

Restrictions: A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in effect for the areas over the Beaver Fire and Ninetyeight Creek Fire. 

Smoke Forecast: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/Alaska

Alaska Interagency Fire Information Line: 907-356-5511 

Email: 2019.afs.fires@gmail.com

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