Tanana Zone currently staffing three wildland fires

The Tanana Zone has a number of fires currently in monitor status. Crews are staffing three active wildfires including the Buster Creek, Little Creek and Grouse fires. Crews working throughout the zone have made significant progress in security all fire perimeters. 

Tanana Zone fire map for July 28, 2019. Download a PDF version here.

Buster Creek Fire (#624) – 112 acres, 8 personnel, started on July 18

Smokejumpers were sent to the Buster Creek Fire, west of Tanana, on Saturday to evaluate protection needs for a nearby allotment. Small amounts of precipitation have helped slow the fire. Firefighters will continue putting in saw line and assessing the potential for fire growth.

Fire burning in a forest. View from airplane.
Aerial view of the Buster Creek Fire (#624). Photo by Camila Roy, BLM.
Aerial view of the Buster Creek Fire (#624). Photo by Camila Roy, BLM.

Little Creek Fire (#616) – 125 acres, 34 personnel, started on July 18

Heavy saw work has been ongoing for firefighters working on the lightning-ignited Little Creek Fire. Firefighters have been building a 100-foot buffer cleared of fuels to secure the fire’s edge and are utilizing natural barriers including bogs where possible. A 300-foot buffer is being added in areas with heavier fuel along the fire perimeter. Crews will begin collecting materials to prepare for backhauling out of the fire.

Grouse Creek (#485) – 50,418 acres, 87 personnel, started on July 10 [includes Twin Ponds (#486) and Garnet Creek Fire (#576, 9,043 acres, started July 15)]

The Grouse Creek and Twin Pond fires are burning about 6 miles northeast of Rampart. On Saturday, personnel was able to scout out along the Dalton Highway. As the weather cleared, aerial observations of the fire were conducted. The fire perimeter held along both Hess and Troublesome creeks with little to no growth or movement. A few smokes appeared in the northeast area and southwest corner of the fire. Sprinklers and hose lays were tested and protection work continues around upriver cabins, allotments and the airstrip. Crews are working to widen the saw line around the community of Rampart and improve the two track road adjacent to the airport.

The Garnet Creek Fire, 12 miles southwest of Rampart, was monitored from the air on Saturday. The fire has moved toward Ruby Creek, likely prior to the rain received on Friday. Some smokes were reported in the east portion of the fire. If the weather clears, fire personnel will continue to monitor and patrol on Sunday.

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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