Tanana Zone staffing three fires, monitoring others

Map shows current wildfire locations and perimeters in the Tanana Zone in central Alasksa

The Tanana Zone has a number of fires currently in monitor status, with crews also staffing three active wildfires: Buster Creek, Little Creek and Grouse fires. Rain and higher humidities have allowed crews to make significant progress in securing all fire perimeters and begin patrolling for remaining hotspots on each fire’s interior. 

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

Smokejumpers working at Buster Creek Fire, west of Tanana, are protecting a nearby allotment and monitoring fire fire. Small amounts of precipitation have helped reduce the potential for fire growth.

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

Firefighters have completed the 100-foot buffer cleared of fuels to secure the fire’s edge, with a 300-foot buffer added to reinforce areas with heavier fuel along the fire perimeter. Crews will be working today on the fire’s interior, where wetting rain is forecast, to ensure there are no remaining hot spots. Backhauling of equipment and demobilization of crews is expected to begin tomorrow and continue Wednesday.

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. The fire perimeter continues to be secure along both Hess and Troublesome creeks with little to no growth or movement. Although the fire area received varying amounts of rain yesterday, an infrared flight overnight identified several areas of heat remaining. Fire personnel are monitoring today for hotspots and are continuing improvements to point protection on allotments, structures and sawline around the community of Rampart, as the conditions allow.

Fire personnel are continuing to monitor the Garnet Creek Fire, 12 miles southwest of Rampart, where fire activity remained minimal to none on Sunday with rain and cloudy conditions. Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon, with light winds from the west. Wetting rain is predicted for later in the week. There should be little impact from smoke in the Rampart area.

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.

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