Firefighters battle Rainbow 2 Fire on northeast and northwest

(Fairbanks, AK) – Firefighters are working in two divisions to prevent the Rainbow 2 Fire from reaching recreational cabins on Clear Creek northwest of Delta Junction.

On the northeast side of the fire, Division Alpha continues to extinguish any spot fires found along the ridge separating the fire from cabins know as the ‘Richardson Clearwater community.’ Crews are also scouting line for opportunities to take direct action.

On the northwest side of the fire, Division Zulu crews are mopping up 300 feet in from the fire’s perimeter to secure the fireline and keep the fire from further advancing toward the cabins.

Both divisions are being assisted by a helicopter making water drops. There are 69 personnel assigned to the fire.

The fire continues to hold just south of the cabins on Clear Creek. Recent light precipitation reduced fire activity and assisted firefighter efforts, but thunder cells may produce lightning and unpredictable winds today. Moderate torching of unburned trees within the fire’s perimeter is expected.

The fire is burning about 15 miles northwest of Delta Junction. It is currently estimated at 11,919 acres, but a flight over the fire with an infrared camera has been ordered for the fire to generate a new map of the fire perimeter and update acreage.

The Rainbow 2 Fire was started by lightning on June 29, and made a 3-mile wind-driven run to the north last Thursday (July 11) that left it only one-quarter mile from the nearest cabins on Clear Creek.

CONTACT: Tim Mowry, 907-356-5511, tim.mowry@alaska.gov.

Click here for a copy of the Rainbow 2 Fire update 7/18/2019.

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