Planning work on southeast corner – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/26/19

Fire perimeter map 7-26

Current Situation: Yesterday fire crews patrolled and mitigated hazards along the Elliott Highway, on the lookout for dead standing trees that could fall onto the road. Cool and wet weather expected during the next few days will buy time for other crews to develop and implement a plan using natural barriers to keep the fire from crossing Elliot Highway in the southeast corner near Colorado Creek Trailhead.

Further west, mostly near Livengood, crews patrolled and maintained sprinkler systems placed around potentially threatened structures. The fire continues to smolder and creep in this drainage, occasionally burning small stands of black spruce.

A mix of vegetation types in the Livengood area has helped limit fire activity but pockets of black spruce burn more readily as seen in this photo from 7-25

The incident management team began coordinating with another team managing the Grouse Creek Fire (about 25 miles west of the Hess Creek Fire) to identify opportunities to share firefighting resources.

Fire Behavior and Weather: After three days of warm dry weather and increased fire activity, yesterday morning brought cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and cloudy skies. Despite strong afternoon sunshine yesterday, fire activity was minimal. Rain started falling last night and more rain should fall today and tonight. This cool, wet weather over the next several days will keep fire behavior minimal, but the fire could pick up significantly if warmer and drier weather returns.

Public Awareness: For current road conditions, go to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ website. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting  

Start Date: June 21, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Location: Ignition approximately 12 miles northeast of Livengoood, AK
Acreage: 185,185
Percent Contained: 0%
Personnel: 103

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact Fire Information: 208-269-4413

Categories: AK Fire Info

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