Minto Lakes Fire more than doubles in size

The Minto Lakes Fire (#349) grew more than 4,000 acres overnight and is now estimated to be 6,000 acres. The June 21st lightning caused fire is burning between Washington Creek and Chatanika River, two miles north of the Murphy Dome Road boat launch. Two Alaska Division of Forestry engines are at the boat launch supporting firefighters conducting structure assessments along the river corridor, creating supply lists for structure protection operations.

This aerial photograph shows trees in a forest flaming under a column of smoke.
Trees torch Thursday afternoon, June 23, 2022, on the Minto Lakes Fire (#349). The fire continued to active through the night, growing over 4,000 acres to an estimated 6,000 acres on Thursday. Tyler Nasti/Alaska Division of Forestry

The most active portion of the fire is on the eastern flank where southerly winds today are pushing it towards Washington Creek. Cabins closest to the fire along the Chatanika River are the priority followed by those along Washington Creek. Firefighters will be cutting out helispots the next couple of days to support cabin protection efforts. A Central Oregon Type 3 Incident Management Team has been ordered to oversee the operation.

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


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