Hess Creek Fire receives over one inch of rain – Fire Update 7/13/19

The Hess Creek fire received more than an inch of rain on Friday. Although numerous areas continue to smolder on the ground beneath the canopy, the increased moisture dramatically reduced fire activity. Due to low temperatures and high moisture levels, the fire saw no increase in acreage. Firefighters continued mopping-up by extinguishing any hot spots along the southside of the Elliott Highway. By early Friday morning, several trees had fallen across the highway and were removed by firefighters. The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities arrived Friday afternoon and removed several other hazardous trees along the highway that were dangerous to motorists. Firefighters continue to check on cabins and suppression equipment put in place in case fire activity increases.

Fire Behavior and Weather:  Weather moderated on Friday and is expected to remain cooler with more chances of precipitation through Tuesday. There is a high possibility of thunderstorms, which could bring lightning and strong erratic winds. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 60s to low 70s with light winds from the southwest. Predicted weather conditions should assist with firefighting operations.

Public Awareness: Firefighters continue to work along the Elliott Highway. Smoke, rain or fog may impede visibility. We urge the public to be cognizant of these factors and slow down as they pass between MP 62-77. For current road conditions, go to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ 511.alaska.gov website. The public is 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.  

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