Rain douses Minto Lakes Fire while firefighters continue repair work

The fire had significant rainfall Tuesday night and showers will continue throughout Wednesday. Cool, wet weather continues to damper any heat in black spruce stringers and deep duff pockets of the fire area, interior to containment lines.

Today, heavy equipment will continue repairing the dozer line that was put in place to protect the communities east of the fire. This includes covering exposed, bare soil from dozer work with vegetation and installing water bars to prevent erosion.

Unnecessary structure protection equipment has been removed around the communities of Himilaya, Hayes Creek, along the Chatanika River. Firefighters are back hauling equipment as fire activity diminishes.

Heavy equipment and firefighters are expected to complete repair work Friday. Local firefighters will continue monitoring the fire until it is completely out, which is not expected until winter snowfall.

Whitefish Campground and Boat Launch have reopened. The White Mountain National Recreation Area is open.

This is the final daily update for the Minto Lakes Fire until significant activity occurs. For information, contact the Alaska Interagency Joint Information Center at (907)356-5511 or visit: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/akfireinfo.com/.

Dozer line on the Minto Lakes Fire
Heavy equipment repair dozer line on the Minto Lakes Fire
Minto Lakes Fire Map
Minto Lakes Fire Map July 20, 2022

37,554 acres, no acreage change since 7/18/2022.

Categories: AK Fire Info, Alaska DNR - Division of Forestry (DOF)

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