Fires still active in Tanana Zone, public meeting today

Despite rain received in other parts of the central Interior, the two remaining staffed wildfires in the Tanana Zone received minimal or no precipitation, and both continue to burn. Smokejumpers continue point protection around structures on the Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361) and observed fire growth yesterday via Sentinel 2 imagery. Crews on the Grouse Creek Fire (#485) observed some smoke on parts of the fire yesterday. One 20-person handcrew is demobilizing from Grouse Creek Fire today. A public meeting is being held today at 3 p.m. at the Rampart school gymnasium with the incoming Alaska incident management team, which will assume command of the Grouse Creek and Garnet Creek Fires tomorrow.  Weather will be windy today, with rain forecast tonight and tomorrow. 

Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361) – 32,972.9 acres, 16 personnel, started on June 23

Smokejumpers are positioned in two different locations on the northwest side of the fire to protect multiple cabins along the Cosna River. They scouted additional structures yesterday near Mooseheart Lake. They are building indirect fireline using natural barriers to prepare for possible burning operations as needed to keep the fire southeast of the river and away from the structures. Additional firefighting resources are available for use today, if needed, before the arrival of forecast rain tonight.

Grouse Creek (#485) – 49,121 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, where multiple residences and structures are threatened. Some smoke was observed yesterday, along with single-tree torching. Wetting rains are anticipated to move into the area later today and continue through the weekend. Command of the fire will be assumed tomorrow by an Alaska incident management team, which arrived yesterday and is working side-by-side with incident command today. Fire managers are holding a community meeting today at 3 p.m. at the Rampart school gymnasium. For current updates on Grouse Creek and Garnet Creek fires, call 907-358-3320.

For additional and current smoke information, visit: https://dec.alaska.gov/air/anpms/wildfire-smoke/ Information on wildfire smoke predictions can also 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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