More than 50 firefighters are continuing to mop up the Brock Road Fire outside of Fairbanks as they try to fully contain the 21-acre fire before temperatures heat up over the next few days.
The fire was 75 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, a slight decrease from the containment reported yesterday after firefighters were able to better inspect the fire from the ground and air. Firefighters have cut a saw line around the fire and there is a hose line around the fire to provide water to extinguish any hot spots found along the perimeter. A bulldozer has also cleared a line around the entire fire perimeter.
The human-caused fire erupted Sunday about 8 ½ miles southeast of Fairbanks in a wooded area near the intersection of Brock and Repp roads. It grew quickly but an aggressive aerial attack helped tame the fire and a bulldozer was able to clear a containment line around the fire to keep it in check until crews arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
There are three crews working to fully contain the fire. The 19-man White Mountain Crew and the 17-person UAF Nanooks Crew were part of the initial attack force on Sunday and the 14-person Fairbanks #1 Type 2 crew was mobilized to the fire on Monday.
As of Tuesday morning, crews had mopped up 5 feet inside the perimeter of the fire to reduce potential for flare ups that could cross the control line. Today, crews are mopping up deeper into the perimeter and patrolling the unburned green area around the fire for any hot spots. Fire behavior was described as creeping with isolated tree torching in unburned pockets in the interior of the fire.
A drone equipped with infrared imagery was flown over the fire earlier today to identify any sources of heat that firefighters can focus their attention on.
Conditions are forecast to get hotter and drier through Friday, with temperatures climbing into the low 80s on Thursday and Friday before a low-pressure system brings cooler weather this weekend with possible rain showers.