Lightning experienced in the Tanana Zone; crews continue making progress to secure fire perimeters

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. 

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Fire map for Tanana Zone as of July 25, 2019. Download a PDF version of the map here.

Buster Creek Fire (#624) – 112 acres, started on July 18

Fire crews have been assigned to the Buster Creek Fire to begin working on securing nearby allotments. 

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

A flight over the Boney Creek Fire confirmed minimal activity. Crews have cut saw line and put hose lays around the entire 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 secure 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

The Little Creek Fire received a small amount of precipitation and continue to see increased smoke in the area. Heavy saw work has been ongoing for firefighters working on the lightning-ignited fire. Firefighters are building a 100-foot buffer cleared of fuels to secure the fire’s edge. Crews 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 including bogs 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 highly visible in the community of Rampart and along the Yukon River. The fire continues to hold south of Hess Creek but pushed in a northeast direction toward Troublesome Creek. 

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.

King salmon drying in fire camp.
The king salmon are running now. Local residents shared fish with firefighters. Photo by Donna Storch, Grouse Creek Fire PIO.

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. Moisture on the fire has helped minimize growth. 

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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