Contact Creek Fire (#151) now at 8,127 acres, hitting natural barriers

Update: June 7th, 8 pm

The Contact Creek Fire is at 8,127 acres as of June 6th at 1:39 pm. Most of the perimeter of the Contact Creek Fire has burned into natural barriers such as sparse fuels at higher elevations, lakes, and streams. Based on VIIRS Satellite heat detection points, sections of the northwestern and southern flanks remain active, as well as the eastern flank of the fire.

AK Division of Forestry conducted a detection flight over the Contact Creek Fire on June 6th, and observed smoldering and creeping, with the fire backing to the west and east. A heavy smoke inversion was observed.

Based on the 48 hour smoke forecast model, smoke laying into King Salmon or Brooks Camp can be expected in the morning, but clear out by the afternoon.

Also burning is the 5 acre Idavain Fire (#218). The Idavain Fire is 25 miles east of King Salmon and 2 miles south of Idavain Lake, and started on June 6, 2022.  The fire is being monitored by National Park Service and Alaska Division of Forestry personnel as it burns in a limited management area in Katmai National Park & Preserve.  Fuels include tundra, grass, and mixed fuels.

Cooler and wetter conditions are anticipated to arrive in the Katmai area the next five days. However, until these fires receive a wetting rain event, or the perimeter consumes available fuels up to a natural barrier, expect diminished but incremental growth.

June 5th 2022

The Contact Creek Fire (#151), which started 40 miles southeast of King Salmon, is now reported at 6,632 acres as of 1pm June 4th. The persistence of dry conditions and record heat on the Katmai peninsula has contributed to fire growth. Fire #151 is in a limited management area in Katmai National Park and Preserve, and officials from the National Park Service and Department of Forestry are continuing to actively monitor the fire’s progress.

Gathered from recent aerial observation, roughly 70% of the fire’s perimeter is no longer growing due to creeks 6-10 feet wide creating a natural barrier. The entire north and northeast sides of the fire look to be held up on creeks of this size, and the sections of perimeter left burning are expected to run into similar streams that will halt growth within the next several days.

Below is the most recent map of the Contact Creek Fire. The dots highlight the heat remaining in the fire perimeter from within the last 48 hours. This provides a visual that demonstrates the inactivity around the majority of the fire’s edge.

Residents in Southwest Alaska may see smoke in the King Salmon area due to this fire. The National Park Service will continue to monitor this incident and further updates will be issued.

Categories: AK Fire Info

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