Minto Lakes Fire Update

June 30, 2022 @ 10:00am

The Northern Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Command Team, #3, is shadowing the Central Oregon Fire Management Type 3 Team, #2, today on the Minto Lakes Fire. The type 2 team brings with it the added capacity to logistically support the larger number of firefighting resources coming to the fire.

Yesterday crews made significant progress on securing and assessing the allotments to the west of the fire. Along the Washington River corridor the fire continued to burn up river in available fuels on both sides of the drainage. Dozers and crews will be working to the northeast of the fire to secure dozer lines out ahead of the fire near the Hayes Creek and Himalaya Subdivisions. The head of the fire is still over eight miles from the subdivisions.

The fire dropped down off of the ridgeline to the north of the Chatanika River yesterday. Crews worked their way into the fire area, continuing to assess and prepare the recreational structures in the area. As the fire is expected to continue to back its way down into the Chatanika Corridor, logistical support with more crews and equipment are being put in to place.  .

At 2:00pm yesterday the fire acreage was mapped to be at a total of 20,250 acres. Firefighters continue to arrive and as of this morning there are 200 personnel assigned to the fire.

The forecasted weather shows significant weather moving over the fire area Friday and possibly into Saturday. Bringing with it abundant lightening, winds and very little precipitation is expected.

Multiple scoopers, two helicopters and air attack are available to firefighting resources as needed. Smoke in the fire area is constantly being monitored and the aviation resources are being used as clear sky’s allow.

Evacuation levels continue to be monitored and discussed as the Minto Lake fire progression grows and the upcoming predicted weather may cause new fire starts. To ensure you are in the know for evacuation changes please see the below information.

Evacuation and emergency shelter (when put in to place) information can be found at the Fairbanks North Star Borough website:

Receive FNSB Emergency Alerts via text message by texting: FNSBWildFire2022 to 67283

To learn more on Evacuation Levels:

Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Quality Information:

Information on the Minto Lakes Fire can be found at

Minto Lakes Fire Information:  

Minto Lakes Fire – Boat support for firefighters and logistic needs

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