Firefighters have been using the recent cool and wet weather as an opportunity to inventory the equipment and supplies that were rapidly transported out to several locations on the fires during suppression response. Some excess equipment was removed from the field to Manley Hot Springs. However, structure protection equipment remains on site in several locations and ready for use if fire activity increases. Fire activity remained minimal as cloudy and scattered rain showers moved across the Bean Complex on Tuesday. The weather stations around the fire area reported rain amounts from .25-.50 inch since last reports. Seasonal weather patterns driven by a strong upper low-pressure system located over the Bering Strait are forecasted to bring chances of moisture to the fire area. The likelihood of a return to dry conditions and increase in fire activity appear to be low right now. Holdover hot spots and pockets of heat are the main concerns which could influence future fire activity if a warm and dry trend develops.
The seven fires total 193,670 acres with 266 people assigned. Fire crews continue to be camped remotely near the larger fires as they work on fire suppression tasks and protect values at risk.
On the Tanana River Fire (#310), about 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs and north of the Tanana River, firefighters patrolled and monitored the fire edge northwest and southwest of the Tolovana River. Firefighters continue to map remote structures to improve the database of known structures to assist with future operations. Crews have established protection of approximately 58 structures and four Native allotments that could be impacted by the fire. This fire is 24,751 acres in size.
On the Bitzshitini Fire (#312), about 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River, firefighters have completed protection measures for structures. This includes removing vegetation near structures and installing temporary sprinkler systems if necessary. Active protection can be implemented if fire weather returns to the region. The fire is unstaffed and will be monitored by flights over the area. This fire is 69,359 acres in size.
On the Chitinana Fire (#315), firefighters patrol 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 are prepared to implement structure protection measures if fire activity increases. This fire is 99,040 acres in size.
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 monitor status.
The Rock Fire (#557), is located 6 miles north of Eureka and is 1 acre. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.
The Elephant Fire (#561), is located 6 miles northeast of Eureka and remains 110 acres in size. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.
The Cosna Bluff Fire (#564), is located 19 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and remains 2 acres in size. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.
For more information, contact Bean Complex at email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or 907-921-2454
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