Shovel Creek Fire July 24 8am Update: Teams Transition as Fire Intensity Decreases

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

Current Statistics:

Size: 21,309 acres      Containment: 54%       Personnel: 366    Start Date: June 21, 2019       Cause: Lightning

Community Support for the Work on the Shovel Creek Fire

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team will officially be transitioning to Brabender’s Type 3 Incident Management Team at 6:00 p.m. IMT 6 is making preparations for a smooth and seamless switch.

There are no more crews or equipment on the northwest perimeter of the fire line. Excavators are still repairing the southern fire perimeter and work is expected to be complete by the weekend.

Yesterday’s temperature reached 86 degrees making it the hottest day on the perimeter. The Incident Meteorologist anticipates rain and thunderstorms on the perimeter today which will cool remaining hot spots and slow the fire’s progression even more.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough has lifted all the evacuation notices that has affected the neighborhoods of the McCloud, Martin and Perfect Perch neighborhoods. There are no longer any evacuation levels present on the Shovel Creek Fire.

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

Shovel Creek Fire Update July 24

RESOURCES: 6 Type 2 hand crews, 1 dozer, 4 helicopters, and 5 water tenders

WEATHER: The afternoon is expected to be cooler today with a temperature of about 78 degrees.  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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