While winds increased fire activity on the Snohomish and Hog Butte fires Monday, consumption was primarily interior to the fire perimeter. Fire behavior on the Paradise Complex has moderated to smoldering. No communities are threatened by fires in the complex of seven fires burning in Central Alaska.
Firefighters are still helping communities clear downed trees from Monday’s wind storms. Fire breaks are complete around Lake Minchumina to protect structures and allotments if needed. Firefighters are removing equipment from the field.
After significant moderation of fire behavior, management of the complex will be downgraded to a smaller, Type 4 organization Thursday. As conditions allow, the fires will be monitored by routine flights over the area.
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 38,449 total acres.
Leaf Fire (#385): The fire was detected June 26 and is burning to the west of the Hog Butte Fire. Fire is estimated at 11,177 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.
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 is estimated at 3,208 acres.
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.
This is the final daily update for the Paradise Complex. For more information, contact the Alaska Fire Information Line at (907)356-5511.