Additional rain received on the Minto Lakes Fire

Firefighters are working hard to improve and maintain containment of the fire. Crews are continuing to mop up and back haul equipment no longer needed across all Divisions. Repair work is being done in areas where suppression efforts were successfully completed. Pockets of unburned fuels are being addressed to eliminate their threat to the current perimeter.

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.

With the currently received and expected precipitation across the fire the incident focus is shifting to securing the footprint of the fire and maintaining the fire within it. Helicopters and boats are being utilized to retrieve equipment no longer needed. 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. Heavy equipment is beginning suppression repair of the dozer line that was put in place to protect the communities east of the fire. Structure preparation work has been completed, among the communities of Himilaya and Hayes Creek and un-needed supplies are being removed. Along the Chatanika river moving west from the communities of the Himilaya/Hayes Creek assessments along the river, as well as the structure group around the Murphy Dome area have been completed and logged for later use. 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 protection of natural and cultural resources.


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Rain is in the forecast for most of the morning and early afternoon. Winds will be stronger with gusts of between 15 and 20 miles per hour. Temperatures and relative humidity’s are expected to be in the low to mid 60’s.


Closures: State of Alaska, Emergency Burn Closure was lifted as of July 14, 2022, at 9 am 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 16, 2022 click here for a PDF

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