Fires remain active as rain moves through Bristol Bay region

Dry conditions through the summer have allowed fires in the Bristol Bay region to remain active despite recent rains. Deep pockets of peat and duff continue to contain heat and are resistant to extinguish. Satellite-based detection equipment shows areas of heat remain on Ethel Creek Fire (#516), Pete Andrews Creek Fire (#457) and Lower Klutuk Fire (#770). Rain is forecast through Tuesday across the area.

Rehabilitation of dozer lines has been completed on the Levelock Fire (#752). The Kusilvak crew will demobilize today leaving smokejumpers to complete the back haul of equipment. Crews from Hooper Bay and Chevak arrived home after being delayed Friday. The estimated acreage remains at 8,549 acres.

Smokejumpers continue Native allotment protection measures on Ethel Creek and Pete Andrews Creek fires. Helicopter reconnaissance was conducted on each fire Saturday. A few isolated smokes were visible on Pete Andrews Creek where the acreage remains at an estimated 5,859 acres. Ethel Creek is an estimated 31,000 acres.

The Lower Klutuk Fire remains in monitor status and is an estimated 4,699 acres.

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