Low to moderate fire activity continues along the Dalton Highway

Low to moderate fire behavior continues to be observed over the Dalton Highway Complex area. Yesterday, fire managers observed some activity on the northeastern area of the Douglas Fire. The Jubilee Mine area was prepped with sprinklers. Today, fire personnel will make contact with Rampart, to discuss future work that may be needed to protect the community. Firefighters will continue working to identify values that may be impacted by any of the fires. As these values are assessed, management action points will be established for any active firefighting efforts.  

The Dalton Highway Complex is comprised of 7 fires and has a total of 111 personnel assigned.

Dalton Highway Complex Fires – 72,923 acres total:

  • Curky Fire (#318) – 30,561 acres, located 4.5 miles west of MP 85.
  • Douglas Fire (#336) – 20,157 acres, located along the highway between MP 140-149.
  • Fish Fire (#319) – 231 acres, located next to highway at MP 115. 100% Contained.
  • Huron Fire (#372) – 14,164 acres, located 12 miles east of MP 359 an 19 miles northeast of Rampart.
  • MM 125 (#441) – 1,192 acres, located at MP 125, east of highway.
  • Snowden Fire (#330) – 65 acres, located east of MP 336.
  • Troublesome Fire (#359) – 6,553 acres, 12 miles east of Rampart.
Two men are walking down a gravel road. One of them, Niles Pendersen, is the bear dog handler. He is wearing a yellow Nomex shirt and green nomex pants. Marty and Rio are the bear dogs that he is walking. Both dogs are black and white. The bear dog team alerts firefighters to bears in the area. Having such a team helps to provide for firefighter safety.
The bear dog team is an important part of firefighter safety. Handler Nils Pendersen walks Marty and Rio near the Artic Circle Campground where firefighters are camping.

Fire Weather (Warnings/Watches): Scattered thunderstorms will persist over the area this afternoon and evening. With these storms, increasing gusty winds out of the west are anticipated along the south slopes of the Brooks Range. Relative humidity levels will be slightly lower today at 26-41% and temperatures will be 76-86 degrees. Through the weekend, isolated thunderstorms will continue to persist, bringing the opportunity for additional lightning caused fires.

Closures: Arctic Circle Campground remains closed due to area firefighting activity. The Arctic Circle Wayside (sign location) is open.

Public Safety: Drivers are urged to use extreme caution while driving along the Dalton Highway.  Firefighting vehicles, in addition to the normal amount of freight trucks, are on the highway. These vehicles require greater stopping distances than lighter personal vehicle. Anybody driving on the highway is asked to drive with their lights on and do not pull off on to the narrow highway shoulders.

Contact Information: 2022.daltonhighwaycomplex@firenet.gov (907)-699-8144

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