Following weeks of work by firefighters to implement a point protection strategy, where structures are protected but minimum work is done on control lines around the fire’s edge, crews reached 85% completion of these goals. The goals include some fireline construction in key locations near structures and on the northwest side of the Tanana River Fire (#310). In addition, firefighters and aircraft monitored the fires daily for the past two weeks, looking for holdover hotspots or pockets of heat in the ground that could influence future fire activity. Fire activity remained minimal throughout this time, aided by high humidity recoveries at night and rain every few days. Crew efforts will now focus on the complete removal of all fire suppression and protection equipment that remains on the Tanana River Fire (#310) and the Chitanana Fire (#315). Weather conditions are expected to improve for helicopter and motorboat use for the next several days. A warm and dry trend is forecasted for the area from Thursday through Saturday before another chance for rain moves in on Sunday.
The seven fires total 196,786 acres with 173 people assigned. Firefighters are camped remotely near the larger fires as they work on hauling out suppression equipment and supplies.
The Tanana River Fire (#310), is 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs and north of the Tanana River. Firefighters are disassembling fire protection equipment and preparing it to be removed from several locations. The fire is 25,063 acres in size.
The Bitzshitini Fire (#312), is 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River. It is unstaffed and in monitor status. The fire is 70,970 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 100,233 acres in size. Crews are working to remove equipment from different locations on the fire.
The Hutlinana Fire (#327), is located north of the Tanana River roughly 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs and is 407 acres. 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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