Firefighters respond to multiple new fires in Fairbanks area.

Resources provided mutual aid and responded to five new fires in the Fairbanks area on Monday, July 25th. Two fires are connected to downed trees on powerlines, one involved a structure fire that spread into the wildland, one was unable to be located, and the fifth report resulted in crews monitoring an area for fire activity. Below is a breakdown of each fire report.

– (XX1) Fiddle Way: Crews from Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection (DOF) and Ester Fire Department responded to reports of a fire caused by a tree that fell on a powerline due to gusting winds, some up to 65mph. The 1/2 acre fire was suppressed and called controlled.

– (602) Bennett Road: DOF responded to a smoke reported along the Chena Hot Springs and Bennett Road. The cause was a structure fire that spread to the wildland for a total of .1 acre. The fire has been suppressed by a hand crew.

– (600) Old Ridge Trail: Dispatch received a report of multiple trees down on a powerline. Resources that responding to the 1.8 acre fire included multiple aircraft and smoke jumpers. Fire behavior observed overnight was smoldering and active flames across the fire area. The fire is uncontained at this time

– (599) Grub Stake Rd: DOF resources responded to an additional report of a tree down on a powerline. Fire was not located in the area.

– (598) Stuart Creek 3: The area is being monitored for fire activity based on a report received by a partner agency.

Photo Description: Aircraft drops retardant on (600) Old Ridge Trail Fire. Photo by James Lily (DOF)

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