After Wednesday, there will be no remaining firefighting personnel assigned to the approximately 50,000-acre fire in the field or at Manley Hot Springs. Instead, BLM Alaska Fire Service will keep a close eye on the fire with daily flights and manage it from Fairbanks to ensure none of the numerous sites firefighters have spent weeks working to keep safe are impacted.
2021 Alaska Fire Season
Smokejumpers, aided by aircraft, were able to corral the Deadwood Fire (#315) burning near Central late Friday night. Firefighters will spend Saturday tracking down any spot fires that sprung up outside the main fire’s perimeter and making sure the sawed control line around the main fire holds. The BLM Alaska Fire Service Midnight Sun Hotshots will join the 16 smokejumpers on the ground today to help work toward the goal of making sure the 33-acre fire is completely extinguished.
to grow, with most activity concentrated in the northwest corner near the Tanana River. However, it’s moving slow to the southwest. It is still south of the Tanana River.
Firefighters are wrapping up work on the Little Albert Creek Fire (#206) burning about 5 miles west of Central. With more than 50% of the 536-acre fire contained Sunday night, the 20-person Snake River Valley #12 Type 2 Initial Attack crew demobilized Monday, leaving the job of making sure the fire is completely out to the BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Hotshots. The Chena Hotshots anticipate having the job finished tonight and demobilizing Tuesday.
The BLM Alaska Fire Service Chena Hotshot Crew will mobilize Thursday morning for a new fire burning 7 miles west of Central. The Little Albert Creek Fire (#206) was estimated at 100 acres Wednesday evening and rapidly spreading through tundra and brush. The fire is not immediately threatening any structures or other sites of value. It is burning about two miles north of the Steese Highway at milepost 120.
People in Manley Hot Springs will start to see additional firefighting resources in town as the BLM Alaska Fire Service starts to assess steps to protect a cabin and Native allotments from two fires burning south of the Tanana River. Neither the Dry Creek Fire (#195) or the nearby Zitziana River Fire (#197) were immediately threatening any known sites Tuesday.