Cooler temps, light rain help to moderate fire behavior on Munson Creek Fire on Tuesday

Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and light rain helped ease fire behavior on the Munson Creek Fire today. The fire received light rain on and off throughout the day. Current conditions at Chena Hot Springs are described as smoky and overcast.

The fire continues to creep down the hillside behind Chena Hot Springs Resort and helicopters made multiple water drops on the fire on the hillside behind the Aurora Ice Museum to check the fire up. Bucket drops were also used to slow the fire’s advance as it moved down the hillside near Mile 54 Chena Hot Springs Road. Firefighters are strategically positioned to meet the fire as it comes down the hillside.

In addition to a light rain falling intermittently throughout the day Tuesday, helicopters were used to drop water on the Munson Creek Fire burning directly behind Chena Hot Springs Resort.

Crews are also taking direct action on the fire on the hillside behind Chena Hot Springs to slow its progress. Crews are constructing a control line from an aurorium on the hillside behind the resort to connect in to a backburn conducted east of the hot springs Monday night. The Pioneer Peak Hotshot Crew from Palmer has arrived at the fire and will be plugged in to assist with suppression and structure protection.

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