Fire growth and activity continues throughout the Tanana Zone

Fire growth and activity has increased within the Tanana Zone. Crews working across the 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 fire map.
Tanana Zone fire map for July 24, 2019. Download a PDF version of the map here.

Boney Creek Fire (#619) – 45 acres, 28 personnel, started on July 18

Crews have put in saw line and hose lays around the entire Boney Creek Fire perimeter and are making plans to begin removing supplies from the fire that are no longer needed. A cold edge of 50 feet toward the interior of the fire has been established to ensure the security of the fire line. 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

Heavy saw work has been ongoing for firefighters working on the lightning-ignited Little Creek Fire. 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. Crews are also utilizing natural barriers to help confine the fire where possible. 

Grouse Creek (#485) – 25,000 acres, 107 personnel, started on July 10 [includes Twin Ponds (#486) and Garnet Creek Fire (#576, 6,200 acres, started July 15)]

The Grouse Creek and Twin Pond fires are burning about 6 miles northeast of Rampart. Crews continue work around cabins, structures, allotments and the airstrip to provide protection from fire movement. Winds from the north increased the fire activity significantly and crews have seen movement and growth primarily to the south. Smoke is visible in the community of Rampart and along the Yukon River.

The Garnet Creek Fire, 12 miles southwest of Rampart, experienced increased fire activity primarily moving to the north and east. Smoke from the fire continues to impact the community of Rampart. If the air clears, a flight is planned to look at the fire perimeter and growth. 

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 by a helicopter crew. The fire remains 2 to 3 miles from the nearest allotment. The north and northwest sides of the fire are holding in hardwood stands. This is the final entry for this fire in the Tanana Zone daily update.

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 to the interior of the fire yesterday allowed fire managers to assess moisture on the ground. Smoke and fire are active in the interior of the fire. If conditions allow, burning operations will  begin to further 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 (907) 356-5511, 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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