Interagency resources responding to Barley Way Fire 057 East of Delta Junction

Aerial view of the Barley Way Fire. The fire is moving through agricultural fields burning in grass and windrows.
Aerial view of the Barley Way Fire burning in agricultural fields near Delta Junction. Photo/BLM AFS Fire Specialist Justen Johansen

7:36 PM UPDATE: The fire is now an estimated 100 acres. Three helicopters conducted bucket operations throughout the afternoon and the Midnight Sun and Chena Hotshots crews are on site. Resources will work into the evening and remain overnight. “We are close to catching the fire,” said Delta Area Fire Management Officer, Mike Goyette. “There is going to be extensive mop-up operations, working windrows in between the fields.” This will be the last update for today, May 20. More updates will be reported in the morning.

4:28 PM UPDATE: The fire has grown to approximately 75 acres with a 70% active perimeter. The Alaska Highway is not impacted. An Alaska State Trooper is on scene for light traffic control on the highway. The fire is wind driven with continuous 17 miles per hour winds coming out of the south. The fire is moving through agricultural fields burning in grass and windrows.

Two BLM Alaska Fire Service Hotshot crews, the Midnight Sun Hotshots and Chena Hotshots, are responding and additional helicopters have been ordered.

3:25 PM UPDATE: State Division of Forestry & Fire Protection, BLM Alaska smokejumpers, and Delta Junction Fire Department are responding to a 10-acre fire burning in grass, black spruce, and timber. The fire is approximately 12 miles southeast of Delta Junction. The fire is wind driven and there are structures threatened.

Additional resources have been requested and we will provide more updates as they become available.

This is a map that shows the approximate location of the Barley Way Fire 057 near Spruce Road, Barley Way, and Alaska Highway

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