Warmer weekend weather could increase fire activity on the Dalton Highway Complex

A brief warming trend begins Saturday as ridging builds over the Yukon Territory and along the Alaskan Canadian border. Relative humidity will decrease to the upper 30s, while temperatures will increase into the 70s. Firefighters will remain on alert and closely monitor the fire areas during this increased warming and drying period. Firefighters working on the Idaho Bar Fire (#555) are mopping up hotspots. The Idaho Bar Fire (#555) is a full-suppression fire.  Structure-protection personnel remain staged in Rampart. The MM 125 Fire (#441) and Douglas Fire (#336) show some interior smoking with no heat on the perimeter, and both fires are being monitored. The Fort Hamlin Hills Fire (#562) was flown by an unmanned aerial system operated by the Columbine Wildland Module with no significant detection of heat or other issues. The Troublesome Fire (#359), Huron Fire (#372) and Gold Pan Fire (#565) all showed smoke and evidence of interior heat, but no new perimeter growth. Aircraft will fly reconnaissance missions again today and continue to remove unneeded equipment.  

an aerial view of the burned landscape of the Gold Pan Fire
Southeast side of the Gold Pan Fire (#565), which is south of Rampart.
Photo Credit: Steve Patterson, California Interagency IMT 14

 The Fish Fire (##319), Little Salt Fire (#521), Milepost Fire (#317), Montana Gulch Fire (#556), Prospect Fire (#494), and Tozitna Fire (#543) have all been fully contained.

Dalton Highway Complex (89,100 acres): The acreage total includes all fires in the Dalton Highway Complex. The largest or most active fires in the complex are:

  • Curky Fire (#318): 28,961 acres, located 4.5 miles west of MP 84 on the Dalton highway
  • Douglas Fire (#336): 23,124 acres, located on both sides of the Dalton Highway between MP 141 and MP 149
  • Fort Hamlin Hills Fire (#562): 615 acres, located between MP 70 and MP 73 on the Dalton Highway
  • Huron Fire (#372): 18,822 acres, located between Rampart and the Dalton Highway
  • Idaho Bar Fire (#555): 112 acres, located 4.5 miles southeast of Rampart
  • MM 125 Fire (#441): 2,986 acres, located between MP 121 and MP 125 on the Dalton Highway
  • Troublesome Fire (#359): 13,282 acres, located 11.5 miles east of Rampart
map of the Dalton Highway Complex showing all 17 fires located in the complex
Dalton Highway Complex Public Information Map (07-23-2022)

Fire Weather: A brief warming trend begins today as ridging begins to build over the Yukon Territory and along the Alaskan Canadian border. Relative humidity will decrease to the upper 30s, and temperatures will warm up into the 70s.

Closures: Arctic Circle Campground is closed due to firefighting activity. Arctic Circle Wayside (sign location) is open.

Public Safety: When driving on the Dalton Highway, use caution, have patience with the firefighting effort, and always drive with headlights on. The road is narrow; pulling over to stop on the shoulder is discouraged.

Contact Information: 2022.daltonhighwaycomplex@firenet.gov, 907-921-2547 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily)

For a complete list of the fires in the Dalton Highway Complex, visit inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8240

For information on all the fires in Alaska, visit akfireinfo.com.

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