Multiple hotshot crews are working to cut fire breaks around residences and allotments along the eastern shores of Lake Minchumina. The Snohomish Fire (#225) is burning about 15 air miles southwest of the lake. The lightning-caused fire has burned an estimated 28,686 acres since it was discovered on June 6. Crews were able to maintain control and minimize fire growth despite increased fire activity due to substantial winds from the south yesterday.
Another fire in the area that is currently being staffed is the 10-acre Starr Fire (#508). Crews and two water-scooper Fire Boss airplanes worked the fire yesterday. Outflow winds from thunderstorms moving through the area increased activity on the fire and it spread across the east side of the Muddy river. Improvements in visibility also allowed helicopters to assist resources on the ground, delivering much needed supplies and equipment. Additional crews are expected in the next few days to take over for crews that are finishing up their assignments.
The fire is burning in a mixture of black spruce and mixed hardwood. This lightning-caused fire was discovered on July 7.