Containment on the George Lake Fire burning approximately 40 miles southeast of Delta Junction increased to 70 percent on Saturday and the hotshot crew working the 6-acre fire estimates full containment in the next two days.
The lightning-caused fire, which was reported late Thursday afternoon, is less than 1 mile from George Lake. The fire is burning in black spruce near the northeast corner of George Lake on what is known locally as “Grandpa Cummings Knoll.” George Lake has several recreational cabins located around it but no structures are considered threatened.
Minimal fire activity was reported on the fire during Saturday’s shift as the Baker River Hotshot Crew continued to secure the fire edge and mop up into the interior.
The fire did receive rain on Saturday to help keep fire behavior to a minimum. Fire behavior was described as “smoldering.”
The crew did report seeing lightning strikes 5-10 miles away from the fire.