Temporary delays possible on the Dalton Highway

Be advised that there may be temporary delays due to the Fort Hamlin Hills Fire (#562) that was reported Tuesday. This delay is around milepost 71 due to the wildfire burning on both sides of the road and will be only as long as it is needed to keep firefighters and the public safe. This lightning-caused fire is not under the management of Idaho Team 1.

For the north end of the complex, the Douglas Fire (#336) did not have significant growth. Fire activity continues along the northeast and northwest corners of the fire. The firefighters are continuing to thin vegetation around identified sites of values that may be at risk if the fire progresses. The Prospect Fire (#494) continues to show minimal activity and is slowly creeping through moss on the southern end of the fire. Minimal activity was observed yesterday on the MM 125 (#441) and Curky (#318) fires.

On the south end of the complex, the Huron Fire (#372) picked up in activity yesterday. The fire has made a small movement towards the east. The Troublesome Fire (#359) picked up in activity on the north end of the fire. That fire is approximately three miles from the Quail Creek Mine, where firefighters have prepared the area with defensible space.

Photo of the Douglas Fire on July 11. A blue sky is at the top of the photo, with clouds lower, above mountains. on the left side of the photo there are smokes coming up from the green unburned vegetation. The curving Dalton Highway is shown on most of the fire. The Douglas Fire is burning on both sides of the highway.
Smokes on the Douglas Fire – July 11 – Idaho Team 1

Dalton Highway Complex Fires (85,848 acres) – Note that the total acreage includes previously reported fires that are part of the total complex numbers.

  • Curky Fire (#318) – 30,801 acres, located 4.5 miles west of MP 85.
  • Douglas Fire (#336) – 21, acres, located between MP 140-149.
  • Huron Fire (#372) – 18,096 acres, located 12 miles east of MP 359.
  • MM 125 (#441) – 1,228 acres, located at MP 125, east of highway.
  • Prospect (#494) – 253 acres, located 3.3 miles east of mile marker 134.
  • Troublesome Fire (#359) – 12,885 acres, 24 miles west of the highway.

Fire Weather (Warnings/Watches): A weather front is moving across the state today and will bring cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity levels. Temperatures today will be 58-68 degrees and relative humidity levels will be 34-49%.

Closures: Arctic Circle Campground remains closed due to area firefighting activity. The Arctic Circle Wayside (sign location) is open.

Public Safety: Fires from the Dalton Highway Complex and other area fires have put smoke on the highway. Drive with caution and be aware that there could be temporary delays with pilot cars due to fire activity. Driving with headlights on at all times is required on the highway. Do not pull over on to the shoulders of the road, as the shoulders are narrow and drop offs are steep.

Contact Information: 2022.daltonhighwaycomplex@firenet.gov (907)-921-2547

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