The BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Hotshot Crew will mobilize Thursday morning for a new fire burning 7 miles west of Central. The Little Albert Creek Fire (#206) was estimated at 100 acres Wednesday evening and rapidly spreading through tundra and brush. The fire is not immediately threatening any structures or other sites of value. It is burning about two miles north of the Steese Highway at milepost 120.
The increased fire activity across Alaska and lack of available resources prevented suppression resources from responding to the fire Wednesday night. Five firefighting hand crews are scheduled to arrive in Alaska from the Lower 48 Thursday to help on existing fires. More smokejumpers trickling in Wednesday and Thursday will help with initial suppression efforts on new fires.
BLM AFS personnel flying over the fire at about 8:30 p.m. reported 50 percent of the fire’s perimeter was active. It’s very visible from Central and the Steese Highway where a motorist spotted it and reported the fire Wednesday afternoon.
For more information, contact BLM AFS Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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