Two crews continue to mop up the 24-acre Straight Creek Fire (#244) north of the Parks Highway near Mile 325. The fire located 2 miles north of the highway behind Skinny Dick’s bar was 20 percent contained as of Tuesday morning and firefighters completed laying a hose line around the entire perimeter of the fire.
There was a 4-acre increase in size on Tuesday due to more accurate mapping. The 16-person Yukon Crew and16-person Fairbanks #1 Crew from Fairbanks Area Forestry are mopping up hot spots inside the perimeter of the fire. The goal today is to mop up 50 feet inside the perimeter.
It is anticipated that it will take the crews four more days to achieve full containment on the lightning-caused fire, which was reported Sunday afternoon. A quick and aggressive aerial attack helped keep the fire in check until firefighters on the ground could be mobilized.
The 37-acre Winter Trail Fire (#194) located 14 miles northeast of Fairbanks, meanwhile, was called controlled, contained and out at 2:40 p.m. Monday. The Fairbanks #1 Crew that was working on that fire was transported to the Straight Creek Fire to assist with containment on that fire.
Fairbanks Area Forestry continues to monitor the 2-acre Munson Creek Fire (#235) located 50 miles northeast of Fairbanks and approximately 5 miles south of Chena Hot Springs Resort. The lightning-caused fire reported on June 18 and is burning in a Limited Protection Area. No personnel have been put on that fire and it is being monitored by aircraft.