Wetting rain reached fires in Tanana Zone

Map that shows active wildfires in Tanana Zone north of Denali National Park and Preserve.

Wildfires in the Tanana Zone received measurable rain overnight. Smoke remains visible on the Grouse Creek Fire (#485) and parts of the Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361) , 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, which continues to smolder; firefighters will begin breaking down hose to prepare for backhaul today and expect to begin pulling and rolling hose in the coming days.

The fire area received significant rain yesterday, causing the Yukon River through Rampart to rise overnight; gusty winds are causing 4-6 foot river swells and work on the river transporting personnel and equipment is suspended today.  Gusty winds and slightly warmer temperatures are expected in the fire area today.  

  • Lloyd Mountain Fire (#361) – 32,972.9 acres, 16 personnel, started on June 23
  • Grouse Creek Fire (#485) – 52,000.00 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 Ponds fires are burning about 6 miles northeast of Rampart, where residences and other structures are threatened.

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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