Cold wet weather and hard work continues on the Bean Complex

High relative humidity yesterday kept fire behavior to a minimum. Afternoon showers crossed the Complex and reduced fire spread potential. Some surface and subsurface hot spots remain scattered all across the Complex and will continue to creep and smolder deep in the duff layers. Showers continued through the evening and overnight, with totals ranging from about .70 inches on the western edge of the Complex to about .25 on the eastern edge. Another weather system is expected to move into the area from the southwest on Sunday, bringing additional rain into Monday, where another 0.10 to 0.30 inches is possible. Cooler and wetter conditions are expected to remain in place through at least the middle of next week.

The fires now total 189,168 acres and 255 people are assigned. Most firefighters are camping remotely. Protecting themselves from cold, wet weather is a priority, so that they remain strong and healthy as they continue to suppress these fires and protect values at risk.

On the Tanana River Fire (#310),  spot fires to the northwest and southwest of the Tolovana River are being suppressed by firefighters and rainy weather. These spot fires are  not yet contained. Firefighters continue to discover and map remote structures to improve the database of known structures to assist with future operations. Excess equipment and supplies are being prepared for retrieval as crews are completing protection of approximately 58 structures and four Native allotments that could be impacted by the fire. This fire is north of the Tanana River about 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs. The fire is at 24,255 acres.

On the Bitzshitini Fire (#312), about 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River, firefighters completed setting up protection measures for structures. This includes removing vegetation near structures and installing temporary sprinkler systems if necessary. Active protection can be implanted if fire weather returns to the region. The fire is now unstaffed and in air patrol status. This fire has grown to 68,585 acres.

On the Chitinana Fire (#315), firefighters continue to mop up, secure, and monitor around cabins, other structures, and allotments within the fire area. This fire is south of the Tanana River about 21 miles southeast of Tanana and 24 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs. In the Mooseheart Lake area, firefighters have conducted firing operations as the fire progresses south, removing the burnable vegetation in the fire’s path to protect allotments and structures. The fire is at 95,920 acres.

The Hutlinana Fire (#327), north of the Tanana River roughly 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs, remains at 90% containment and 407 acres. It is unstaffed and in air patrol status.

The Incident Management Team (Northwest Team 7) in place has reached the maximum allowable time on assignment. Sunday morning July 17 a new Incident Management Team (Northern Rockies Team 4) will assume command of the Complex.

For more information, contact Bean Complex at email:; or 907-921-2454

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