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First wildfire of the summer burning in Gates of the Arctic National Park

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The lightning-caused Chicken Creek Fire (#303) was discovered by detection aircraft the evening of Sunday, July 1. It is burning within the Gates of the Arctic National Park approximately 22 miles northeast of Bettles and 20 miles west of the Dalton Highway. It is 43.7 acres in size, but is expected to grow […]

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Personnel Reduced, Continued Monitoring on Steamboat Creek Fire

Copper Center, AK: The fire acreage is still unchanged at 19,719 acres. Fire personnel flew the fire perimeter and observed that several smoldering areas still exist, but are not approaching areas of concern near the Chitina River. It is smoldering in an area along the confluence and to the northwest of the Chakina & Klu […]

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Steamboat Creek Fire Smolders, Historic Cabin Cleared

Copper Center, AK: Small amounts of rain have kept fire acreage unchanged at 19,719 acres. On Thursday, July 28th, fire managers landed at the historic Monohan Cabin to cut brush and fuels to reach a “Firewise” standard. The “Firewise” program encourages steps to prepare ahead of a wildland fire and reduce the amount of fuel […]

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Cool and Moist Weather Forecasted on the Steamboat Creek Fire

Copper Center, AK: Small amounts of precipitation continue to fall each evening and throughout the day on the Steamboat Creek Fire, causing no change in the growth of the fire. The acreage has changed and decreased, however, due to more accurate mapping, at 19,719 acres. In the last 24 hours the fire area has received […]

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Rain Continues to Fall on the Steamboat Creek Fire

Four Fire Boss water-scooping planes stand-by in Gulkana. Photo: Carrie Hale, Alaska Division of Forestry Copper Center, AK: Rain continues to fall over the Steamboat Creek Fire and the Kennicott Valley. In the last 24 hours the fire area has received 0.22 inches of rain and 1.10 inches of rain since July 21st when the […]

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Rain Forecasted to Continue Through the Weekend

Copper Center, AK: There was very little fire growth on the Steamboat Creek Fire on Friday. The estimated acreage is now 19,600 acres. Burning conditions are unfavorable for growth due to the continued forecast for rain. Smoke was observed on Friday on the south edge of the fire where it was lightly burning outside the […]

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Rain over the Steamboat Creek Fire Helped with Fire Activity

Steamboat Creek Fire received some precipitation yesterday which reduced fire activity but a slight change in size at 19,328 acres. As the weather front moved in, winds shifted and smoke was impacting areas in the nearby region. Fire managers plan to keep the fire south and west of the Chitina River and are mobilizing vehicles […]

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Smoke Impacts to the Kennicott Valley and Chitina Area

There is considerable smoke reported in the Kennicott valley and Chitina area, especially in Kenny Lake. Please use caution when driving and slow down for hazy conditions. The Steamboat Creek Fire is still being monitored by fire personnel.

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Afternoon Winds and Dry Conditions Increase Fire Behavior

Copper Center, AK: Yesterday, the weather continued to be warm and dry within fire areas and afternoon winds increased fire activity. The Steamboat Creek Fire grew to approximately 19,179 acres. The fire was consuming fuel in the interior of the fire as winds shifted. The front of the fire is now moving in a south- […]

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Public Meeting for the Steamboat Creek Fire

Date: July 19th, 2016 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Tony Zak community building, McCarthy, AK Update: The Steamboat Creek Fire is very visible and has grown significantly in size in the last 24 hours. Hot and dry conditions have intensified fire behavior which increased smoke in the valley. During the public meeting agency personnel will update […]

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