Tanana Zone fires see little growth; crews make progress on lines

Crews working across the Tanana Zone are making steady progress to secure fire lines. Allotment and structure protection remains a primary objective for fire managers and crews on the ground. 

Tanana Zone map.
Tanana Zone fire map for July 23, 2019. Download a PDF version here.

Boney Creek Fire (#619) – 45 acres, 36 personnel, started on July 18

Crews have  put in saw line and hose lays around the entire Boney Creek Fire perimeter. A cold edge of 50 feet toward the interior of the fire has been established to ensure the security of the fire line. Eight smokejumpers will be demobilized today. The fire is burning about 10 miles southwest of the village of Tanana and about 2 miles southeast of the nearest allotments. 

Little Creek Fire (#616) – 135 acres, 77 personnel, started on July 18

Minimal movement has occurred on the lightning-ignited Little Creek Fire. The fire is moving south away from Little Creek, burning through spruce and hardwood. This increases the risk of spot fires. Firefighters are building a 100-foot buffer cleared of fuels to secure the fire’s edge. They are also spraying water on the ground within these buffer zones for added security. A 300-foot buffer will be added in areas with heavier fuel along the fire perimeter. 

Grouse Creek (#485) – 22,000 acres, 107 personnel, started on July 10 [includes Twin Ponds (#486) and Garnet Creek Fire (#576, 6,000 acres, started July 15)]

The Grouse Creek and Twin Pond fires are burning about 6 miles northeast of Rampart. On Monday, crews continued work around cabins, structures, allotments and the airstrip to provide protection from a possible increase in fire movement. There is a potential for continued fire growth, dependent on wind speed and direction. Light winds from the north, changing to the south later in the day, are anticipated. The chance of moisture increase today through the next several days. Fire personnel will scout remote cabin locations to the south of the fire and make contact with anyone in residence. The fire is still holding along Hess Creek. 

The Garnet Creek Fire, 12 miles southwest of Rampart, is being monitored by the incident management team stationed at Rampart. On Monday, smoke from the fire impacted the community of Rampart and will continue to do so today. If the air clears, a flight is planned to look at the fire perimeter and growth. 

Smoke over the Grouse Creek Fire. Photo by incident management team.

Bergman Creek Fire (#312) – 42,300 acres, 8 personnel, started on July 21

The Bergman Creek Fire, located 28 miles southwest of Allakaket, is being monitored. The fire remains 2 to 3 miles from the nearest allotment. The north and northwest sides of the fire are holding in hardwood stands. A helicopter crew is assigned to continue monitoring the fire.

Foraker Fire (#389) – 46,294 acres, 5 personnel, started on June 26

The Foraker Fire, located in Denali National Park, is being monitored as it burns 18 miles west of Kantishna. A flight today will assess fire activity and opportunities for burning operations to ensure structure protection. 

Information on wildfire smoke predictions can be found at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks website located at http://smoke.alaska.edu/.For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Fire Information Office at (208) 274-3316 or email 2019.AFS.FIRES@gmail.com.

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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