Strong response to lightning caused fire north of Fairbanks

Air Traffic control reported a fire southwest of Wickersham Dome Wednesday evening. A reconnaissance helicopter confirmed the Aggie Creek Fire’s (#284) location and noted the rapid rate of spreading fire. The lightning caused fire was moving downhill and spotting ahead 1/3 to 1/2 mile. Helicopters started bucket work on the two spots. Retardant tankers wrapped the northwest corner and southern flank to slow the fire’s growth. Fire Bosses soaked the active portions of the perimeter. 15 Smokejumpers parachuted onto the fire. Fairbanks 1 Crew, smokejumpers, and Helitack crews stayed overnight on the incident located four miles west of Mile Post 28 Elliot Highway.

This is a photo showing a column of smoke rising from a wildland fire in the distance.
Smoke rises from the Aggie Creek Fire (#284) on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2022. The lightning caused fire is about four miles southwest of Mile Post 28 Elliot Highway. James Lilly/Alaska Division of Forestry

Air Attack returned to the fire this morning and requested two retardant tankers to respond. Three hotshot crews that arrived in Fairbanks recently from the northwest are headed to the fire today. Redmond IHC of Deschutes National Forest, OR, Wolf Creek IHC of Umpqua National Forest, OR, and Union IHC of Wallowa – Whitman National Forest, OR, are headed up the Elliot Highway this morning. Dry conditions persist over the Interior. The forecast for the Middle Tanana Valley is calling for isolated thunderstorms in the early afternoon, and then widely scattered thunderstorms this afternoon into the evening. This pattern will continue into the weekend

This is a map showing the location of the Aggie Creek Fire (#284) west of the Elliot Highway

Categories: Active Wildland Fire, AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF)

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