Tanana Zone crews continue momentum to secure fire perimeters

Crews working across the Tanana Zone are making steady progress to secure fire lines with the added help of recent precipitation.

Fire map for Tanana Zone as of July 27, 2019. Download a PDF version here.

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

The Little Creek Fire has 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 and utilizing natural barriers including bogs where possible. A 300-foot buffer will be added in areas with heavier fuel along the fire perimeter. 

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. Fire growth was moderated by the weather on Friday, overcast and light rain. Fire personnel scouted the northeast edge of the fire toward the Dalton Highway and determined that growth had not increased significantly from Thursday. Crews are continuing work to widen and improve the two track road along the airstrip. If conditions allow, aerial observations of the fire will take place today. 

Fire behavior was temporarily moderated on Friday due to rain and overcast conditions on the Garnet Creek Fire, 12 miles southwest of Rampart. Patrolling and monitoring will continue on Saturday.

Saw line cut around Rampart by the Forest Service Crew from New Jersey.

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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