Wet weather – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/27/19

Morning briefing 7-27

Current Situation: During the past two days, fire crews patrolled and mitigated hazards along the Elliott Highway, on the lookout for dead standing trees that could fall onto the road. Cool wet weather this weekend will buy time for other firefighters to develop and implement a plan using natural barriers to keep the #HessCreekFire 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.

The incident management team began coordinating with another team managing the Grouse Creek Fire (about 25 miles west of the Hess Creek Fire) and will be supporting one of their engines with logistical needs.

Fire Behavior and Weather: The early part of last week had warm dry weather and increased fire activity. A cooler and wetter weather pattern started yesterday with steady rain that kept fire behavior at a minimum. Several troughs are forecasted to move over the area through the weekend and early part of next week. These troughs will bring instability and isolated thunderstorms. Today will have mostly cloudy skies and scattered rain showers.

Public Awareness: For current road conditions, go to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ 511.alaska.gov website. Stay up-to-date on current air quality information by visiting https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Alaska.  

Start Date: June 21, 2019
Cause: Lightning
Location: Ignition approximately 12 miles northeast of Livengoood, AK
Acreage: 185,185
Percent Contained: 0%
Personnel: 99

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Contact Fire Information: 208-269-4413
Email: HessCreekFire2019@gmail.com
Website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6404
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMAFS

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