Smoke and inversion reduced expected fire behavior on the Minto Lakes Fire

Fortunately, the inversion did not lift yesterday, and we did not receive the fire activity that was expected. We are still seeing active fire behavior on the north side of the fire between Washington Creek and the Tatalina River as well as the south-east side of fire.

The Red Flag Warning has been extended through Monday for abundant lightning and extremely dry fuels. Crews and equipment remain available for new fire starts.

Please continue to limit unnecessary travel to areas around the fire perimeter where fire personnel are working. This includes the Murphy Dome area down to the MDR Boat Ramp and the Chatanika River. Equipment and fire fighters are working around the Hayes and Himilaya Subdivisions, please use caution in these areas. The fire area remains under a fuels and fire behavior advisory. Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory.

Yesterday, aviation assets including Fire Boss aircraft and helicopters continued to drop water on another new three-acre spot fire on the south side of the Chatanika River. With the aviation support the firefighters were able to pick-up the spot and deploy hose around it. Today, they will continue to mop-up as needed. The six miles of dozer line, from the Hastings fire of 2011 is in place to protect the communities east of the fire.  Crews will continue to install pumps and remove large diameter fuels from around areas at risk in the communities. Along the Chatanika River moving west from the communities of the Himilaya/Hayes Creek firefighters continue to assess needs to continue placing protection measures along the river. The structure protection group to the southeast of the fire have assessed structures and developed plans for protection in the event of any spread south. Crews continue to locate and mop up heat around the Native allotments on the southwestern flank. A Resource Advisor has been assigned to the incident and will lead the effort to identify and protect values that could be impacted by the fire.


For the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations evacuation map, scan the QR code or go to Follow the FNSB Government Facebook page ( for updates and notifications. Receive FNSB Emergency Alerts via text message by texting: FNSBWildFire2022 to 67283.


A high pressure system continues to dominate the weather pattern over the fire area. Afternoon thunderstorm activity today is projected to bring terrain driven outflow winds into the area which can lead to unpredictability in fire behavior. Temperatures are expected to be warm today in the high 70’s and relative humidity will be in the mid 30’s to low 40’s.


Emergency Burn Closure are in effect please visit for more information. The Alaska Bureau of Land Management has issued a Fire Closure Order for the White Mountain National Recreation Area. The following trails are closed: Wickersham Creek Trail, Trail Creek Trail (between the junction with Wickersham Creek Trail and the junction with Moose Creek Trail), Moose Creek Trail, and Summit Trail. The following BLM public use cabins and shelters are closed: Lee’s Cabin, Eleazar’s Cabin, Moose Creek Cabin, Summit Trail Shelter, Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter. For more information, visit or call the Fairbanks District Office at 907-474-2200.  Alaska State Parks has closed the Whitefish Lake Campground and boat ramp.

Minto Lakes Fire Map July 10, 2022

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