Wetting rain reaching fires in Tanana Zone

map shows multiple active fires in the  Tanana Zone from Denali National Park to the south and west of the Dalton Highway

Wildfires in the Tanana Zone began receiving rain overnight. Some smoke is still visible on parts of the Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361) and Grouse Creek Fire (#485), where firefighters continue to protect structures and native allotments. An estimated 50 miles of hoselay is in place and being monitored on the Grouse Creek Fire, where a local incident management team assumed command this morning. Rain and wind are forecast today, with rain continuing through Saturday.  

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. Crews continue to monitor the fire to defend structures and called in helicopter water drops yesterday to dampen smoke. The fire area is receiving a significant amount of rain, which started early this morning. 

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 residences and other structures are threatened. There was a transfer of command to an Alaska Type 3 team this morning at 7:00 AM. Rain yesterday and this morning have kept fire to smoldering in isolated areas yesterday. The forecast for the fire area predicts an inch of rainfall by Saturday. Firefighters are monitoring fire behavior and maintaining saw line and approximately 50 miles of hose lays around values at risk.

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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