Firefighters are mopping up an 18-acre fire burning near Mile 151 Steese Highway about 7 miles from Circle. Forty-five firefighters are working increase the 30% containment achieved on the Bolgen Creek Fire (#259) by Monday evening
This includes the including the Type 2 CATG contract crew, with firefighters assembled out of Fort Yukon, Venetie and Arctic Village, and the Entiat Hotshots from Entiat, Wash.
Firefighters on the fire reported the fire is creeping in duff – the partially decomposed and matted leaves, twigs and beneath the litter of freshly fallen twigs, needles and leaves – and white spruce.
Crews will continue to cut out a 8 to 10-foot saw line and mop up 30 feet in from the line by extinguishing all hotspots.
The fire was reported on June 9 by someone driving from Central to Circle. It is considered human caused, but the exact cause is under investigation.
Contact BLM Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907)356-5510 for more information.