Minimal Fire Behavior and Minor Smoke – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/20/19

Hess Creek Fire Map – 7/20/19

Crews observed minimal fire behavior today with only minor smoke drifting up from the interior. Thick cloud cover and high relative humidity prevented an increase in fire activity. As of today, the Hess Creek Fire has burned just over 271 square miles, about one quarter the size of Rhode Island. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted Friday to allow for other aircraft in the area. However, a helicopter remains on hand should activity increase, and aerial resources are needed.

Aerial photo taken above the Elliot Highway looking northwest at the fire.

Team members from the new Wyoming Type 3 team arrived on the fire Friday evening. The group will spend today shadowing the outgoing Idaho team in preparations to take command of the fire on Sunday. The transition period allows the Idaho team to provide Wyoming with critical information regarding resources at risk and fire operation tactics. The South Idaho team wants to extend their deep thanks and appreciation to the community of Livengood for all their help and support. Their local knowledge of resources on the ground and the weather patterns proved invaluable to fire operation staff.

Firefighters are still carefully monitoring weather and fuel conditions to prepare for the fire’s potential movement. Pumps and hose lays were checked again to make sure sprinkler systems are operating correctly. Firefighters continue to make plans on how to engage the fire safely and protect the highway and structures in the community of Livengood should the need arise.

Fire Behavior and Weather: A weak cold front passed over the fire last night, bringing cloud cover and increasing winds. The front also brought cooler and moist air. A continued drop in temperatures is expected and a rise in relative humidity through Sunday. Southwest winds are expected to continue for the next couple of days with gusts up to 20 mph. Meteorologists anticipate a warming and drying trend to begin starting Monday, which may increase fire activity.

Public Awareness: For current road conditions, go to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ website. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting  

Start Date: June 21, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Location: Ignition approximately 12 miles northeast of Livengoood, AK
Acreage: 173,467
Percent Contained: 0%
Personnel: 94

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact Fire Information: 208-269-4413

Categories: AK Fire Info

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