Rain and cooler temps limit growth of Paradise Complex

Fires within the Paradise Complex received rain yesterday and overnight. Cooler temperatures resulted in limited fire growth. Structure and native allotment protection are top priorities around Lake Minchumina and to the west of the Leaf Fire (#385). Fire managers are also scouting the areas around the Hog Butte (#185) and Snohomish (#225) fires in the event resources need to be inserted for additional structure and allotment protection.

Rain will dominate the forecast in the coming week, and fire managers hope to capitalize on the welcome break.

Hog Butte Fire (#185): The fire was detected June 5 and is located 21 miles southwest of Lake Minchumina. The current size is estimated at 206,061 acres. The fire is burning in predominately black spruce mixed with hardwoods and tundra, and was lightning-caused. Yesterday the fire received precipitation and fire activity has decreased.

Snohomish Fire (#225): The fire was lightning-caused and discovered June 7. It is currently 37,836 total acres. It is approximately eight miles west of Lake Minchumina, where the majority of firefighting resources are improving fire breaks and setting up hoses and pumps to protect values at risk.

Leaf Fire (#385): The fire was detected June 26 and is burning to the west of the Hog Butte Fire. The current size is 11,134 acres. Fire resources are also engaged in structure protection to the west of the fire.

American Fire (#504): The fire is currently estimated at 9,827 acres and burning in tundra. It was discovered July 6 and was started by lightning.

Sischu Fire (#507): The fire is estimated at 8,879 acres and located near the Sischu Mountains. It was ignited by lightning and discovered July 7.

Starr Fire (#508): This fire is located in the northwestern corner of the North Preserve portion of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was started by lightning and discovered July 7. Current size is 205 acres.

Bear Paw Fire (#510): The fire was discovered July 7 and is estimated at 2,752 acres. The fire is burning in tundra and scattered black spruce on flat terrain.

For more information, contact the Alaska Interagency Joint Information Center at (907)356-5511 or akacc@firenet.gov.

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