(Fairbanks, AK) – This is our final update for the Haystack Fire (#196). The fire is 100 percent contained and control objectives have been reached. No hot spots have been identified by infrared flights in the past two days. The Fairbanks Area Division of Forestry is schedule to assume command for the incident on Thursday, July 1. Thank you to all of the communities that have been so supportive of our work on this fire.
The Tanana Chiefs Initial Attack Crew and the Midnight Sun Hotshots are the last crews on the hillside. They have walked the last grid lines, constructed waterbars and erosion control measures, prepared tools and equipment for sling loads, cleaned the spike camps, and are ready to leave the fireline today. Air operations and ground support staff are working hard to remove all of the remaining people and equipment.
The Division of Forestry will coordinate with land managers for the best opportunity to repair dozer lines created for fire suppression, once the threat of new starts has passed. Land managers insist everyone stay out of the area due to numerous hazards that are common after a fire, including standing dead trees and ash pits. Falling limbs and trees can be lethal. Ash pits can cause serious injuries such as severe burns and broken bones due to falling. Stay on the traditional trails that existed before the fire. Do not approach or disturb research plots or instrumentation devices.
Vegetation remains very dry throughout interior Alaska. Fire behavior could be extreme if a new fire starts. Please recreate safely over the July 4 holiday. Keep your families and homes safe, as well as your favorite public lands and the crews that respond to wildfire incidents.
The Bureau of Land Management is again accepting reservations for the Moose Creek Cabin in the White Mountains National Recreation Area.
The temporary flight restriction (TFR) for the Haystack Fire remains in effect until 8:00am on Thursday, July 1. Keep drones away from the fire area during the busy demobilization window. If you fly, we can’t. For more information on the TFR, visit https://tfr.faa.gov.
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.
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