Recent rains temper activity on the Dalton Highway Complex

The public is urged to be careful while driving on the Dalton Highway. While driving with caution is always advised, wildfires near the road may have impacts. The Fort Hamlin Hills Fire (#562) that started a couple days ago is still burning on both sides of the road around milepost 71. Depending on fire behavior, there may be flaggers there to slow traffic and keep firefighters and the public safe. This fire is not under the management of Idaho Team 1.

Recent rain has tempered fire activity on the north end of the complex. Sporadic smoke continues to be visible on all of the fires. The Douglas Fire (#336) continues to have fire activity primarily on the northeast corner. Firefighters continue to work on vegetative fuels management around values at risk. The Prospect Fire (#494) has backed to the Jubilee Mine Road.

On the south end of the complex, there was minimal fire activity on the Huron Fire (#372) and Troublesome Fire (#359). Firefighters are continuing to assess and prepare values in and around Rampart. Yesterday, crews laid a main water line and can later add sprinklers to it, if needed. 

Aerial photograph of the Prospect Fire. Blue mountains are in the horizon. In the front, green mossy vegetation has smokes puffing up from multiple points. Smoke sweeps to the right of the photo.
Smoke from the Prospect Fire. Photo – Idaho Team 1.

Dalton Highway Complex Fires (90,693 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) – 24,871, acres, located between MP 140-149.
  • Huron Fire (#372) – 18,096 acres, located 12 miles east of MP 359.
  • MM 125 (#441) – 2,728 acres, located at MP 125, east of highway.
  • Prospect (#494) – 446 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 cooler and wetter weather pattern will continue through the weekend. This front will push eastward across the Central Interior today and into Saturday, bringing showers and increased potential for wetting rains.  Today’s temperatures will be 58-68 degrees and relative humidity levels will decrease to 30-45%.

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 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: (907)-921-2547

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