Favorable weather enables progress on Little Chena River Fire

A red & white helicopter sits at the helibase and ready to transport personnel to the fire line.
Helicopter used on the Little Chena River Fire to transport crews, equipment, and resources. Photo by Bud Sexton, Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection

Another day of moderating weather allowed crews to make solid progress around the Little Chena River Fire (#499) yesterday. Fog and low-level clouds lingered during the morning that gave way to light and steady rain in the afternoon.

Even with some precipitation across the fire, portions within the interior are still producing heat. Firefighters worked to solidify the flanks against further fire expansion by creating saw lines and laying approximately 4 miles of hose during the past few days. These projects should be completed by the end of shift today.

Fairbanks Area Forestry firefighters, Blue Mountain, Mad River, Lewis & Clark and Chief Mountain Hotshot crews face challenges of steep terrain, and because of recent rains, quite muddy conditions that make working around the fire slippery and difficult. The fire is now listed at 122 acres after recent mapping of the perimeter was completed.

The fire remains approximately 11 miles northeast of the Fort Knox mine, and 19 miles northeast of Fox.  

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