Nevada Team takes command of Fish Fire, 5 other fires along Dalton Hwy

A Type 3 incident management team from Nevada led by Incident Commander Erik Newell and staffed with 77 personnel is working to fully suppress the Fish Fire (#319) and monitor five other wildfires in the Yukon and Tanana zones along the Dalton Highway. All six fires are in Limited fire management areas.

The Fish Fire was started by lightning near mile marker 116 on the west side of the Dalton Highway. The fire is 165 acres. The reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping. Firefighters have completed a control line around the fire and have a hose lay in place to deliver water to the entire perimeter. Crews began working to eliminate residual heat inside the perimeter yesterday and expect to finish mopping-up the remaining hotspots within three days.

An emergency closure of the Arctic Circle Campground east of the Fish Fire remains in effect for public and firefighter safety.

Aerial photo of green vegetation with white wildfire smoke rising into the air.
The Douglas Fire (#336) is seen from the air on June 22, 2022. CREDIT: Omar Sutherland, BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Douglas Fire (#336) is east of the Dalton Highway near mile marker 143 and is estimated at 650 acres. Smokejumpers are providing point protection for the Alaska Pipeline and are working to prevent fire growth.

The Curky Fire (#318) is 12 miles west of mile marker 84 on the highway. It is estimated at 4,000 acres and is being monitored. The 26-acre Snowdon Fire (#330) is located well north of Coldfoot. Smoke is visible from the Dalton Highway. The fire isn’t threatening any structures or people and is unstaffed.

The Basin Fire (#331) is 3 miles west of mile marker 95. It is estimated at a tenth of an acre and is being monitored. The Prospect Fire (#333) is just off the east side of the highway at mile marker 134. It is estimated at a tenth of an acre and is being monitored.

Air Quality: Is listed as GOOD

Weather: Weather on all fires will continue to be cool and dry with winds out of the northwest. Temperatures during the day will remain in the mid-60s, and relative humidity will be 40 percent.

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