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.
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.