Shovel Creek Fire July 22 8am Update: Over 38,000 lbs of fire equipment backhauled from the fire line.

Watch videos and fire footage at the Shovel Creek Fire YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2L4Qc7M

Current Statistics:

Size: 21,309 acres      Containment: 51%       Personnel: 412    Start Date: June 21, 2019       Cause: Lightning

Firefighters loading used fire equipment for return to cache.
Photo Credit: Mike De Fries

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team continues to focus on backhauling equipment and completing repair on the fire lines. Crews removed almost all hose on the perimeter of the controlled lines and equipment is being backhauled from the northern edge. Yesterday, helicopter crews extracted 38,000 pounds of cargo from the fire area and 20 truckloads of equipment were removed by firefighters. Repair on the southern and eastern sides of the fire line is expected to be completed by Wednesday. 

The Incident Meteorologist anticipates relative humidity to drop to around 35% today as the drying trend continues. Light winds are expected on the perimeter of the fire area. As a result of these conditions, fire activity is expected to increase slightly but remain within the fire perimeter. As the week progresses, the team is formulating a plan for transitioning to a Type 3 Incident Management Team. The crews are continuing their work mopping up, patrolling, and repairing fire lines as prescribed.

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

Smoke in the Fairbanks area has improved over the past week. The respite room at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital has closed, but will be ready to re-open if air quality worsens. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska

RESOURCES: 6 Type 2 hand crews, 5 engines, 1 dozers, 6 helicopters, and 6 water tenders

WEATHER: Temperatures will be warmer today with a high of 83 degrees and mostly clear skies. High pressure and light winds will continue throughout the day. For more information on smoke and air quality, visit: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska

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

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