Firefighters are working a balance of finishing fire line work in certain areas and removing equipment from other areas. Crews and helicopters have been making progress removing equipment and supplies from remote parts of the fires. Another sunny day provided excellent flying conditions for the helicopters to pick up cargo nets and haul them to the airstrip at Manley Hot Springs. Trucks then haul the equipment to Fairbanks.
Weather conditions are forecasted to change slightly on Monday with increased wind speeds ahead of rain chances overnight. If wind speeds increase like predicted, helicopter flights will need to shut down to ensure pilot and firefighter safety. Warm and dry conditions persisted on Sunday and no rain was measured in the weather stations over the past 24 hours. Fire activity remained minimal despite the warming conditions. Firefighters continue to monitor the fires for holdover hot spots or pockets of heat in the ground that could influence future fire activity.
The seven fires total 196,254 acres with 221 people assigned. The increase in acreage was calculated based on improved satellite imagery and mapping. Fire crews are camped remotely near the larger fires as they finish fire suppression tasks and haul out equipment and supplies.
On the Tanana River Fire (#310), about 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs and north of the Tanana River, fire crews patrolled and monitored the fire edge northwest and southwest of the Tolovana River. Firefighters are disassembling fire protection systems on structures located away 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 25,016 acres in size.
On the Bitzshitini Fire (#312), about 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River, crews have packed up the equipment and supplies to be hauled out of the fire. This fire is 69,909 acres in size.
The Chitinana Fire (#315), south of the Tanana River about 21 miles southeast of Tanana and 20 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs, is 99,481 acres in size. Firefighters have been packaging up equipment and supplies to be hauled out of the fire.
The Hutlinana Fire (#327), north of the Tanana River roughly 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs, remains at 90% containment and 407 acres. All of the fire suppression equipment has been removed from this 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 is 110 acres. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.
The Cosna Bluff Fire (#564), is located 19 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and is 2 acres. It is unstaffed and in monitor status.
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