Another fire in the Bean Complex put into monitoring status, two others still active

Bean Complex fire perimeters on July 13, 2022

Gradually drying and warming weather and a passing cold front led to some increases in fire behavior and perimeter growth late yesterday. Fires became more active in the afternoon with steady surface spread and torching. The fires in the complex now total 178,582 acres and 268 people are assigned. The three active fires in the complex are under a point protection strategy, which consists of taking steps such as clearing vegetation and installing sprinklers to protect sites of value like cabins, lodges and Native Allotments.

The Fulton Hotshots load into boats at Manley Hot Springs, headed to the fire line

On the Tanana River Fire (#310) Firefighters used water-dropping aircraft and fire line construction to further suppress spot fires to the northwest and southwest of the Tolovana River. These spot fires will require additional fire line construction work to completely contain them. The fire is at 23,725 acres. fire is at 89,371 acres. Firefighters are continuing mop up efforts around the Tolovana Roadhouse, intending to complete that work in the next few operational periods. Firing operations will be employed as necessary to keep the fire in check, as well as protect structures and other values at risk in these areas. Approximately 58 structures and four Native allotments could be impacted by the fire. This fire is north of the Tanana River about 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs.

On the Bitzshitini Fire (#312), about 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River, firefighters have completed the objective of point protection for structures. The fire is now unstaffed and in patrol by air status. This fire has grown to 65,079 acres.

On the Chitinana Fire (#315), firefighters continue to mop up, secure, and monitor around cabins, other structures, and allotments within the fire area. This fire is south of the Tanana River about 21 miles southeast of Tanana and 24 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs. In the Mooseheart Lake area, firefighters have begun firing operations as the fire progresses south, to keep it in check around allotments and structures. The fire is at 89,371 acres.

The Hutlinana Fire (#327),  north of the Tanana River roughly 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs, remains at 90% containment and 407 acres. It is unstaffed and in air patrol status.

Showers, higher humidity and cooler temperatures continue to moderate fire behavior across the complex. Showers will decrease through the morning on Wednesday, with cooler conditions and west to northwest winds prevailing. Cooler and wetter conditions will continue through the remainder of the week.

The State Forester for the Alaska Division of Forestry & Fire Protection issued an Emergency Burn Closure Order at 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2022, It restricts all burning that requires a local or state burn permit, including uncontained cooking, warming, and signaling fires.

For more information, contact Bean Complex at email:; or 907-921-2454

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