Suppression repair begins on the Minto Lakes Fire

Drier conditions yesterday allowed crews to better identify remaining areas of heat that need attention. 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 Himilaya evacuation areas. Fire Suppression Repair work is underway on the incident.

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.

Humidity dropped as low as 28% yesterday in some areas of the fire. Work continues securing, improving, and reinforcing protection measures around the fire. Back haul of un-needed equipment is ongoing. Firefighters will continue to provide for mop up and tactically patrolling around the 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 assessments 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 finished assessing structures and finalized 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 Follow the FNSB Government Facebook page ( 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 9am please visit 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 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 for July 15, 2022 click here for PDF

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