Fires on the Dalton Highway Complex saw minimal growth, but continue to burn even in upper elevations with patchy vegetation. The Troublesome Fire (#359) progressed further south and some hot spots were observed on the Huron Fire (#372). Today, crews on the Douglas Fire (#336) will work around Pump Station #5 and the Prospect Air Strip to assess protection needs if the fire progresses towards that area. The fire is still 12 miles to the west of Rampart. The Missouri Interagency Crew will travel to Rampart today via helicopter to start working on protection measures. There are 90 personnel currently assigned to the complex.
Dalton Highway Complex Fires (75,842 acres – note that the total acreage includes previously reported fires that are part of the total complex numbers).
- Curky Fire (#318) – 30,801 acres, located 4.5 miles west of MP 85.
- Douglas Fire (#336) – 20,343 acres, located along the highway between MP 140-149.
- Huron Fire (#372) – 15,199 acres, located 12 miles east of MP 359 and 19 miles northeast of Rampart.
- MM 125 (#441) – 1,234 acres, located at MP 125, east of highway.
- Prospect (#494) – 20 acres, located 3.3 miles east of mile marker 134.
- Troublesome Fire (#359) – 7,969 acres, 24 miles west of the highway.
Fire Weather (Warnings/Watches): A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for abundant lightning and extremely dry fuels through Sunday night. As temperatures increase Friday and Saturday, relative humidity levels will decrease. An unstable airmass will bring isolated to scattered thunderstorms, especially over the Yukon Flats Temperatures will be 77-87 degrees today and relative humidity levels will be 25-40%.
Closures: Arctic Circle Campground remains closed due to area firefighting activity. The Arctic Circle Wayside (sign location) is open.
Public Safety: The public is urged to use extreme caution while driving on the Dalton Highway. Smoke from the complex fires is on the highway, making visibility difficult. Stopping at any time on the highway is unsafe, as the road’s shoulders are very narrow. Drive with your headlights on and be aware that heavy trucks require longer stopping distances.
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