Bean Complex Crews Prepare Extra Equipment for Removal

Crews continue to pack up and prepare extra equipment and supplies from remote areas in preparation for hauling by helicopter or boat. Holdover hot spots and pockets of heat in the ground continue to be present, which could influence future fire activity if a warm and dry trend develops. The fire lines located near or adjacent to structures are still monitored for any change in fire activity. Following extensive preparation to install protection equipment around structures and Native allotments this work is being reported as 44% complete. Completion will be used as a measurement of the protection efforts done in numerous locations near and around the fires on this complex. This is different than containment when the edge of the fire is under a certain amount of control and stopped from expanding. The weather stations around the fire area reported .30-.70 inch of rain over the past 24 hours which has kept fire activity minimal. Two days of dry conditions are forecasted through the weekend and a chance of rain is possible on Monday evening.

Large piece of cardboard 3 foot by 4.5 foot and 4 inches thick with a hand drawn map of the 315 fire on the Bean Complex. Brown cardboard with black print. Looks like a pirate map.
Alaska is so big that the map has to match. Firefighter used a 3 foot x 4.5 foot and 4 inch thick cardboard to draw a map of intelligence information on the 315 Fire (intelligence information was removed for photo).

The seven fires total 194,366 acres with 264 people assigned. A slight increase in acreage was calculated based on improved mapping. 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 began disassembling fire protection systems on structures located far from the existing fires. Crews had established protection of approximately 58 structures and four Native allotments that could have been impacted by the fire. This fire is 24,815 acres in size.

On the Bitzshitini Fire (#312), about 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River, firefighters were brought back to begin inventorying and packaging up equipment and supplies. This fire is 69,678 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 99,323 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 are removing the equipment that is 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:; or 907-921-2454

Four male fire supervisors looking at the Bean Complex map at Manley Helibase to plan out fire missions for boats and helicopters that will support firefighters on resupplying food and backhauling trash and equipment.
Each fire mission takes planning on how to support firefighters using boats and helicopters on the seven fires that make up the Bean Complex.

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