Paradise Complex created in midst of Red Flag Warnings

Resources and efforts are increasing on the newly created Paradise Complex of seven fires burning near Lake Minchumina in Central Interior Alaska. Helicopters and crews are focusing their efforts on constructing indirect fireline (a firebreak built away from the edge of the fire) and prepping structures near Lake Minchumina and the Starr Fire. Additional crews are expected in the next few days. Firefighters are monitoring fire activity and delivering much-need equipment and supplies.

Hog Butte Fire (#185): The fire was detected June 5 and is located 21 miles southwest of lake Menchumina. The current size is estimated at 197,837 acres and has seen minimal fire growth in recent days. The fire is burning in predominately black spruce mixed with hardwoods and tundra, and was lightning-caused.

Snohomish Fire (#225): The fire is also lightning-caused and was discovered June 7. It is currently estimated at 1,290 acres and located 9 air miles west of Lake Minchumina. An aircraft flew over the north side of the fire and observed an increase in fire behavior. Crews are building firebreaks to protect structures and allotments along Lake Minchumina.

Leaf Fire (#385): The fire was detected June 26 and is burning to the west of the Hog Butte Fire. The current size is 8,991 acres and has shown minimal fire activity.

American Fire (#504): The fire is currently estimated at 1,254 acres and burning in tundra. It was started by lightning July 6.

Sischu Fire (#507): The fire is located just south of Sischu Mountain. It was detected by satellite July 7, and is currently estimated at 179 acres.

Starr Fire (#508): Is located in the northwestern corner of the North Preserve portion of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was started by lightning July 7 and is estimated at 87 acres, 50 acres of which are located on the eastern side of the Muddy River. Crews are engaged in protecting structures and allotments near the fire.

Bear Paw Fire (#510): The fire was discovered July 7 and is estimated at 169 acres. The fire is burning in tundra and scattered black spruce on flat terrain, while fire behavior is backing and creeping.

For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Joint Information Center at (907)356-5511 or

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