Shovel Creek Fire July 20, 2019: Briefing Highlights from the Front Row

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Size: 21,309 acres      Containment: 50%       Personnel: 506       Start Date: June 21, 2019       Cause: Lightning

Crews made significant progress on containment lines yesterday. The western, southern and eastern fire lines have been contained and fire hose continues to be removed from these lines. Infrared drones flew the southern and eastern perimeters today to identify hot spots confirming that hot spots were interior from the fire perimeter. Firefighters continued to mop-up the northeastern corner of the fire along the Chatanika River. 

Today, crews and helicopters will continue to back haul fire hose and other equipment from the containment lines for use on other incidents. Repair work along fire lines will continue along the southern perimeter and east of the fire near the McCloud neighborhood. Crews remain in place and are prepared for initial attack response to new fires in vicinity of the Shovel Creek Fire area.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has maintained the same evacuation levels established on Friday, July 12. The neighborhoods of the Chatanika River corridor, Drouin, Hardluck, Moose Mountain, Coyote Jones, Hattie Creek, Lincoln Creek, Murphy, and Vancouver neighborhoods are no longer in an evacuation zone.

Evacuation levels as of 1:00pm on July 12, 2019:

  • LEVEL 1 (READY) – McCloud, Martin and Perfect Perch neighborhoods

WEATHER: Gusty westerly winds are expected today around the perimeter of the fire beginning early afternoon. West winds should range from 8 – 12 mph with gusts from 20 – 25 mph, especially along the ridge tops. Temperatures will be near normal with highs up to near 70 and RH’s in the low 50 percent range. Light showers are possible but thunderstorms are not expected. For more information on smoke and air quality, visit: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska

CLOSURES: A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place in the air space over the fire. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMS at: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_5441.html

Shovel Creek Fire Information
Fire Information: 907-347-6801
Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.gov
Shovel Creek Fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6400/
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Web: www.akfireinfo.com
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Video credit: NRIMT6/AFS Alaska Fire Service/DNR Alaska Division of Forestry. 
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