Crews Begin Inventory and Backhaul of Equipment and Supplies from areas on the Bean Complex

Clear skies and sunshine returned to the fire area on Wednesday, allowing improved conditions for helicopters and motorboats to move crews and equipment around on the fires. In some locations where it’s no longer needed, equipment and supplies are inventoried and prepared for removal to the Manley Hot Springs and eventually Fairbanks. Some wildland and structure protection equipment will remain in several locations and ready for use if fire activity increases. Fire activity remained minimal even as warmer temperatures and light winds moved into the region. The weather stations reported no precipitation amounts since the previous measurements. Rain showers are not predicted again until Monday. Holdover hot spots and pockets of heat in the ground continue are the main concerns, which could influence future fire activity if a warm and dry multi-day trend develops.

Crew members of the Warm Springs Wildland Fire Module sitting in chairs at Manley Hot Springs waiting for their resupply of equipment and supplies.
Warm Springs Wildland Fire Module members waiting for resupply at Manley Hot Springs, AK

The seven fires total 193,670 acres with 245 people assigned. Fire crews are 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 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. Firefighters can re-engage in protecting these structures if fire weather returns to the region. The fire is unstaffed, in monitor status, and 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. Crews will start to remove the equipment that are no longer needed on the fire. 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: 2022.bean@firenet.gov; or 907-921-2454



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