The BLM Alaska Fire Service is weighing response options to a pair of active fires burning south of the Tanana River about 7 miles southeast of Manley Hot Spring. Smokejumpers initially ordered in response to the Dry Creek Fire (#195) and the nearby Zitziana River Fire (#197) Monday evening were reallocated to work on the Haystack Fire burning in the Haystack subdivision north of Fairbanks. Because neither the Dry Creek Fire and the Zitziana River fire are immediately threatening any sites of value and all other initial attack resources are already spoken for, fire managers will carefully watch the pair of fires and reassess a plan to respond tomorrow. BLM AFS personnel aboard an airplane flying overhead around 7:30 p.m. estimated the Dry Creek Fire had burned about 380 acres while its neighboring fire was about half the size. The fires are very active and were spotting ahead of the fire perimeter to the northwest. They are burning on tundra and black spruce in a full protection area on Alaska Native Corporation land. The fire was reported by several people in the area who spotted the smoke plume from a distance.
For more information, contact BLM Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5510.