Progress being made on the Haystack Fire

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Haystack Fire (#196) is smoldering and creeping in the dry duff, leaves and needles covering the forest floor. Crews have detected heat up to 12 inches deep in the duff on the south end of the fire, while on the north side, heat depth is approximately 5 inches. Cool weather, higher humidity, and relatively calm winds continue to decrease smoke and visible fire activity. However, the particularly deep hot spots pose threats to revive the fire if a warm, dry weather pattern returns. 

Haystack Fire Map for Sunday, June 20,2021. Click Here for a larger PDF file.

Firefighters continue to construct and improve containment lines. The Upper Tanana Crew #2 is making excellent progress on the north side of the fire, working on the black/burned side of the dozer line to locate and cool hot spots. The Yukon Fire Crew, arriving today from the Winter Trail Fire, will develop heli-spots needed to facilitate the efficient movement of crews and gear. 

On the northeast side of the fire, the Winema Hotshots are constructing saw line and installing hose-lays to the south. The Midnight Sun Hotshots and White Mountain Crew are on the southeast side, working toward the north. They are making good progress on extremely difficult fire perimeter, scrambling along the steep and challenging hillsides, inaccessible to heavy equipment. 

On the south side of the fire, the Tanana Chiefs and Highlands crews continue to improve the width of the containment line, methodically checking for hot spots in the burned area. Engines and dozers are also staged in the Haystack Subdivision area. Those firefighters are focused on evaluating wildfire risks to homes in the area and providing information to homeowners to reduce hazards. 

The Moose Creek Cabin in the White Mountains National Recreation Area is closed due to proximity to the fire. The Bureau of Land Management will continue to monitor the fire status and resume reservations when firefighting efforts in the area are reduced. 

Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations encourages residents to sign up for wildland fire information alerts issued by the borough by texting “FNSB2021Wildfire” to 226-787

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire and some of the surrounding area to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to for more information. 

Start Date06/14/2021 Location: 18 miles N of Fairbanks, AK 

Cause: Lightning Fire Size: 927 acres 

Containment: 30% Total Personnel: 249 

Public Information: (907) 931- 8113  Email: ♦ ♦ 

Categories: AK Fire Info


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