Tanana Zone crews hold, improve fire 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. Light precipitation with the potential of thunderstorms are anticipated. 

Boney Creek Fire (#619) – 67 acres, 107 personnel, started on July 18

A flight over the Boney Creek Fire confirmed minimal activity. After successfully cutting saw line and putting hose lays around the entire fire perimeter crews are no longer working on the fire. A cold edge of 50 feet toward the interior of the fire has been established to secure the fire line. The fire was burning about 10 miles southwest of the village of Tanana and about 2 miles southeast of the nearest allotments. 

Little Creek Fire (#616) – 125 acres, 78 personnel, started on July 18

The Little Creek Fire reported smoke blowing on the far west side of the fire. Crews working under mostly blue skies received a small amount of precipitation. 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) – 30,276 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. There was an increase in fire activity southwest of Rampart in the Chicago Creek drainage area in the late afternoon on Thursday. Fire Bosses made multiple drops of water to hold the fire while crews continued monitoring, no further movement was seen. The primary fire activity was to the northeast toward Hess and Troublesome creeks. Today, fire personnel will scout the northeast fire area from the Dalton Highway to determine the extent of the movement. The two track road along the airstrip will be widened and improved.

The Garnet Creek Fire, 12 miles southwest of Rampart has had minimal fire growth Thursday, along the south/ southeast perimeter of the fire. Personnel will continue patrolling and monitoring the fire today.

Foraker Fire (#389) – 46,294 acres, 3 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. Moving forward, the fire will be monitored by helicopter.

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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