Start Date: 06/14/2021
Location: 18 miles N of Fairbanks, AK
Fire Size: 924 acres
Total Personnel: 301
(Fairbanks, AK) – A Red Flag is in effect for the Fairbanks area, including Haystack Mountain, due to forecasted hot, dry, and windy weather. The fine fuels are expected to dry with this weather trend and be susceptible to extreme fire behavior. This might produce some visible smoke coming from green pockets in the interior of the fire perimeter. Potential red flag conditions are forecast over the next few days.
Many resources are supporting fire suppression efforts for the Haystack Fire (#196). Fire crews, heavy equipment, air resources, and incident management teams from local agencies and the Lower 48 are all working together. The incident management team works closely with local land managers to continually assess the need for resources, not only for the Haystack Fire but throughout the region. A contingency group assigned to Haystack Fire has the responsibility to support the local area if another incident starts.
Fire crews and aerial resources are shared between incidents to serve the most urgent needs. When the Straight Creek Fire (#224) started on Sunday, June 20th two miles north of the Parks Highway, resources were successfully reallocated. Helicopters and the Yukon crew were redirected from the Haystack Fire to Straight Creek to support the initial attack. This preplanning and cooperation was vital to catch that fire in the early stages.
Haystack Fire containment lines on the west side of the fire have been completed, and as of today that portion of the fire area has been placed in monitor status. This means that the crews have completed mop up required on the edge of the fire line and have cooled all identified hot spots. This accomplishment allows firefighters to focus on the south side of the fire for the next several days.
The Chena Hotshots were flown to the fire yesterday to replace crews that are rotating out for rest. Assignments are typically for 14 days, followed by two days to rest and reset to be available for this assignment. With this timeline in mind, fire managers plan ahead to replace crews to continue with the planned work and keep firefighters safe and healthy. This cycle of resources is vital to make sure we have consistent support on the fire line, especially for extended incidents.
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.
Remember to be FireWise and check with your local division of forestry on current burn permit conditions.
Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations encourages residents to sign up for wildland fire information alerts issued by the borough by texting “FNSB2021Wildfire” to 226787.
Categories: AK Fire Info