While winds increased fire activity on the Snohomish Fire Monday, no communities are threatened by fires in the Paradise Complex of seven fires burning in Central Alaska.
Winds did blow down trees and cause power outages. Firefighters are helping communities clear downed trees to reopen roads and improve fire breaks around Lake Minchumina to protect structures and allotments. As structure protection tasks are completed, firefighters are removing equipment from the field. As conditions allow, the fires will be monitored by routine flights over the area while dry weather persists.
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 206,030 acres. The lightning-caused fire is burning in predominately black spruce mixed with hardwoods and tundra.
Snohomish Fire (#225): The lightning-caused fire was discovered June 7 and is approximately 8 miles west of Lake Minchumina. The fire is estimated at 3,208 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 9 acres from yesterday to 11,134 acres.
American Fire (#504): No fire growth was observed since July 22. The fire remains at 9,843 acres and continues to smolder in tundra. The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 6.
Sischu Fire (#507): The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 7 and is located near the Sischu Mountains. The fire is estimated at 8,621 acres and continues to smolder.
Starr Fire (#508): This lightning-caused fire is located in the northwestern corner of the north portion of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was discovered July 7. The fire remains at 185 acres and continues to smolder with no fire growth.
Bear Paw Fire (#510): The fire was discovered July 7 and remains at 2,040 acres. The fire is burning in tundra and scattered black spruce on flat terrain.
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