Persistent cool, wet weather continues to aid firefighters on the Dalton Highway Complex

Cooler temperatures coupled with precipitation continued to moderate fire activity on all fires in the Dalton Highway Complex on Sunday. The MM 125 Fire (#441) showed minimal fire behavior; crews worked on hotspots on the southern perimeter to keep it east of Dalton Highway. Crews continued suppression efforts on the Idaho Bar Fire (#555). The Curky (#318), Prospect (#494), Troublesome (#359),and Huron (#372) Fires all remained inactive. Some surface and subsurface hotspots remain scattered across the complex and will continue to creep and smolder in the deep duff layer. All fires have benefitted from the precipitation, whether a light drizzle to measurable amounts of rain. The cooling trend and precipitation are expected to continue into this week.

Firefighters continue to check on all fires within the complex to ensure that all appropriate actions are being taken. The Curky (#318), Little Salt (#521), Tozitna (#543), Idaho Bar (#555), and Montana Gulch (#556) Fires are full-suppression fires. The remaining 12 fires in the complex are in monitor and point-protection status. Idaho Bar Fire (#555) is the most active fire in the complex. Crews continue to mop up and secure the Fort Hamlin Hills Fire (#562) on the east side of the Dalton Highway.

Dalton Highway Complex (89,100 acres): The acreage total includes all fires in the Dalton Highway Complex. Fluctuation in reported acreage is due to additional mapping analysis by the incident’s GIS specialists. The largest or most active fires in the complex are:

  • Curky Fire (#318): 28,961 acres, located 4.5 miles west of MP 84 on the Dalton Highway
  • Douglas Fire (#336): 23,124 acres, located on both sides of the Dalton Highway between MP 141 and MP 149
  • Huron Fire (#372): 18,822 acres, located between Rampart and the Dalton Highway
  • MM 125 Fire (#441): 2,986 acres, located between MP 121 and MP 125 on the Dalton Highway
  • Troublesome Fire (#359): 13,282 acres, located 11.5 miles east of Rampart
  • Fort Hamlin Hills Fire (#562): 615 acres, located between MP 70 and MP 73 on the Dalton Highway
  • Idaho Bar Fire (#555): 112 acres, located 4.5 miles southeast of Rampart

Fire Weather: The cool, wet weather pattern will persist through the week as several weather fronts pass through the Interior.

Closures: Arctic Circle Campground is closed due to firefighting activity. Arctic Circle Wayside (sign location) is open.

Public Safety: Smoke conditions can change rapidly. When driving on the Dalton Highway, be prepared for possible temporary delays, use caution, practice patience, and always drive with headlights on.  The road is narrow, and stopping for any reason is discouraged.

Contact Information:, 907-921-2547 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily)

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