Fire crews are finishing mop-up and finding few remaining hot spots within containment lines. Today a helicopter equipped with an infrared sensor was used to monitor heat within the fires’ interior. A few areas still showing heat and smoldering were found, but they are unlikely to become more active given current conditions.
The light showers of the past two days have not been enough to soak the dry fuels and the fire danger remains high. Fire restrictions remain in effect and everyone’s cooperation is needed in order to protect your communities and resources. In addition, a temporary flight restriction remains in place. Non-fire aircraft in the restricted space may interfere with aerial fire operations, as well as compromise safety.
Northwest Team 12 appreciates the generous support shown by the community. Having the Incident Command Post at the Mat-Su Junior/Senior High School has enabled us to fight the fires effectively and support the firefighters. Donations of postcards and cookies made the crews feel much appreciated.
All evacuation levels in the areas of the Montana Creek and Malaspina Fires have are set at Level 1 – “Ready”.
Montana Creek Fire: 367 acres, 50% contained
Malaspina Fire: 85 acres, 50% contained
Personnel (combined): 233
Cause: undetermined (both fires)
Smoke Information: https://fire.ak.blm.gov/predsvcs/airquality.php
Smoke Outlook for July 12-13, 2019: https://fires.airfire.org/ara/deployments/Alaska/outlooks/2019-07-12-Alaska-Outlook.20190712151717.pdf