Pacific Northwest Team to take charge of 6 fires in the Bean Complex

A new incident management team will assume command of the Bean Complex on Wednesday, June 29. Pacific Northwest Team 7, a Type 2 team, is expected to be in place to assist local communities and agencies in management of the six wildland fires burning along and near the Tanana River.

Firefighters continue to provide structure protection, conduct allotment assessments and engage in fire suppression on the Tanana River Fire (#310), Bitzshitini Fire (#312), Chitanana Fire (#315), Hutlinana Fire (#327), Dragon Fire (#343) and Oval Fire (#366). The six fires had burned a cumulative 27,000 acres between them as of June 27. The size of the fires varies.

The Midnight Sun Hotshots are assigned to the largest of the fires, the Chitanana Fire (#315) and will construct fire line on the western edge of the fire along the Chitanana River. Firefighters conducted a firing operation on the Bitzshitini Fire (#312) to protect a cabin and structures in the area. They will continue to mop up the area today, eliminating residual hotspots.

Lightning is believed to have been the cause of each of the fires in the complex.

Additional updates on the Bean Complex will be provided as available. For fire information on the Bean Complex, call (907) 356-5511 or visit

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