Firefighters make progress toward completion on the Paradise Complex

Crews continue to work through cold, damp weather conditions to achieve structure protection activities, including the installation of sprinklers and vegetation removal to protect from encroaching fire. Isolated pockets of heat remain smoldering within fires’ perimeters; however, no new growth has been reported. The seven fires that make up the Paradise Complex remain at 278,222 acres with 65% completion. Structure protection tasks on the Starr Fire (#508) were completed yesterday and crews are pulling unneeded supplies and equipment off of the Sischu (#507) and Hog Butte (#185) fires. Firefighters are demobilizing as work on these fires wraps up. Fire managers continue to monitor and assess fire activity by air and are downsizing resources as structure protection objectives are progressing toward full completion.

Paradise Complex Map for Friday, July 22, 2022
Paradise Complex Map for Friday, July 22, 2022

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 lightning-caused fire is burning in predominately black spruce mixed with hardwoods and tundra. The fire continues to smolder; however, no fire growth has been reported at this time.

Snohomish Fire (#225): The lightning-caused fire was discovered June 7 and is approximately 8 miles west of Lake Minchumina. There was no fire growth from yesterday and remains at 37,836 total acres.

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

American Fire (#504): The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 6. With no change from yesterday, the fire remains at 9,827 acres and continues to smolder in tundra.

Sischu Fire (#507): The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 7 and located near the Sischu Mountains. The fire remains at 8,879 acres and continues to smolder with no growth from yesterday.

Starr Fire (#508): This fire is located in the northwestern corner of the north portion of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was started by lightning and discovered July 7. The fire remains at 205 acres and continues to smolder with no fire growth.

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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