Firefighters coordinate efforts to protect additional homes and allotments on Paradise Complex

Most of the Paradise Complex received little to no precipitation yesterday which resulted in notable fire growth on many of the fires. Smokejumpers, in coordination with McGrath fire resources, are engaged in structure protection on residences to the west of the Leaf Fire (#385). Firefighters also deployed to assess Native allotments to the east of the Hog Butte Fire (#185), while other crews in the Lake Minchumina community continue to work on structure protection and constructing fire breaks.

While poor visibility hampered firefighting efforts yesterday, clearing conditions today will allow aircraft to assist crews on the ground. Winds will continue to be a challenge, but predicted precipitation in the forecast will provide some relief for fire resources. The current total size of the Paradise Complex has grown to 264,790 acres.

Winds yesterday caused significant growth on Paradise Complex

Hog Butte Fire (#185): The fire was detected June 5 and is located 21 miles southwest of Lake Minchumina. The current size is estimated at 204,919 acres. The fire is burning in predominately black spruce mixed with hardwoods and tundra, and was lightning-caused.

Snohomish Fire (#225): The fire was lightning-caused and discovered June 7. It grew by 5,000 acres yesterday and is currently 35,310 total acres.

Leaf Fire (#385): The fire was detected June 26 and is burning to the west of the Hog Butte Fire. The current size is 10,669 acres, which is an increase of about 500 acres since yesterday.

American Fire (#504): The fire is currently estimated at 7,738 acres and burning in tundra. It was discovered July 6 and was started by lightning.

Sischu Fire (#507): The fire is estimated at 1,587 acres and located near the Sischu Mountains. It was ignited by lightning and discovered July 7.

Starr Fire (#508): This fire is located in the northwestern corner of the North Preserve portion of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was started by lightning and discovered July 7. Current size is 186 acres.

Bear Paw Fire (#510): The fire was discovered July 7 and is estimated at 819 acres. The fire is burning in tundra and scattered black spruce on flat terrain.

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

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