Evacuation levels downgraded in the Hayes Creek and Himilaya areas on Minto Lakes Fire

Hard work by firefighters and favorable weather conditions have enabled Evacuation levels to be downgraded to a level 1 “Ready” status in the Hayes and Himalaya evacuation areas. Fire Suppression Repair work is beginning on the incident.

July 12th a public meeting was held at the Ken Kunkel Community Center the recording was posted on both the Alaska DNR – Division of Forestry & Fire Protection- DOF and the BLM Alaska Fire Service Facebook pages.

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.

Fire activity has continued to diminish overall. Work continues securing, improving, and reinforcing protection measures around the fire. Where fire activity has diminished, firefighters have also begun to back haul un-needed equipment. Firefighters will continue to provide for point protection around the fire for values at risk. Additional hand crews have been swapped in along the river. There is a dozer line in place to protect the communities east of the fire. Much preparation work has been done among the communities of Himilaya and Hayes Creek. Along the Chatanika river moving west from the communities of the Himilaya/Hayes Creek assessment along the river have been completed. The structure protection group in the Murphy Dome area (Lincoln, Vancouver, Murphy, Martin etc.) southeast of the fire have assessed structures and developed plans for protection in the event of any spread south. Crews continue to reinforce fire line and mop up heat around the Native allotments on the southwestern flank. Resource Advisors have been assigned to the incident.


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


Skies will be mostly clear today. Winds will be from the west again all day, generally around 5-8 mph, with 3-7 mph up valley winds along the river corridors. Temperatures are expected to be cooler today starting in the low-to-mid 40’s and rising into the 60’s. Relative humidity will drop to 35%.


State of Alaska, Emergency Burn Closure was lifted as of July 14, 2022, at 9 am please visit https://tinyurl.com/ypwpfm7y 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 https://akfireinfo.com/ 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 14, 2022 for full size PDF here

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