Tag Archives: Chena River State Recreation Area

Fairbanks Area Wildfire Update July 27: Rain helps calm fires

Firefighters working to contain several wildfires in the Fairbanks Area got a helping hand from Mother Nature on Friday in the form of much-needed, widespread rain that helped subdue fire behavior. While the rain that fell overnight Thursday and much of Friday isn’t enough to be considered a “season-ending event,” it should assist firefighters who […]

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Nugget Creek Fire update July 18 – Rough estimate puts fire at 19,000 acres

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) experienced gusty and erratic winds over the fire area yesterday afternoon (July 16) along with isolated thunder cells. The fire is approximately 19,000 acres based on a rough aerial estimate, with growth occurring mainly on the south and east flank, away from Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road. Pockets […]

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Nugget Creek Fire July 17 update: Rain on Tuesday slows fire growth

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) received rain over the fire area yesterday morning (July 16), slowing fire growth. The fire is approximately 19,000 acres with growth occurring mainly on the south and east flank, away from Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road. Moderate fire behavior was observed on Tuesday but personnel monitoring the fire […]

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Nugget Creek Fire creeps up to 19,000 acres with new growth to south and east

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) has grown to approximately 19,000 acres based on a flight taken over the fire on Monday, July 15, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. That’s an increase of about 3,000 acres since the fire was last mapped on July 9. Most of the new growth has occurred gradually on […]

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Minimal activity reported on Nugget Creek Fire east of Fairbanks

Fire managers flew over the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) area on Saturday evening and reported minimal growth of the fire perimeter, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. Visible smoke in the area is largely due to the consumption of unburned pockets of fuel within the fire interior. Fire activity along the northern edge near […]

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Nugget Creek Fire grows to almost 16,000 acres; crosses South Fork Chena River

Strong winds out of the west increased fire activity along the southeastern edge of the Nugget Creek Fire (#323) on Thursday night, followed by sustained rains throughout Friday that slowed fire progress. The fire has crossed the South Fork Chena River at the southern point and burned into the 2013 Stuart Creek Fire scar. Smoke […]

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Crews fighting to keep Shovel Creek Fire within containment lines; Nugget Creek Fire grows to 1,550 acres

On Thursday, the Shovel Creek Fire continued to burn actively in black spruce within the Shovel Creek basin. Despite cooler temperatures, increased cloud cover, and light winds, some individual and group tree torching did occur. As of Friday morning, the fire was estimated at 2,307 acres, an increase of about 700 acres, accoding to the […]

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Firefighters gather for the morning briefing for the Shovel Creek Fire near Murphy Dome on Tuesday morning, June 25, 2019. Photo by Sarah Saarloos.

Increase in fire activity prompts Level 1 evacuation alert for Shovel Creek Fire

The Alaskan Type 2 Incident Management Team (Incident Commander Norm McDonald) assumed command of the Shovel Creek (#319) and Nugget Creek (#323) Fires 7 a.m. on Monday, June 24. The Shovel Creek Fire was started by lightning on June 21 and is located 3 miles north of Murphy Dome, about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks. […]

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A storm cell dumped significant rainfall at the Caribou Creek Fire staging area at Two Rivers Elementary School on Saturday night, as well as on the fire. Photo by Brandon Kobayashi/Alaska Smokejumpers

Rain, cooler weather help tamp down wildfires in Fairbanks, Tok

Heavy precipitation on Saturday and drizzly, cool weather on Sunday greatly subdued fire activity on the 310-acre Caribou Creek Fire (#255) burning north of Two Rivers about 25 miles east of Fairbanks. The remote, lightning-caused fire approximately 7.5 miles north of Chena Hot Springs Road near milepost 18 was 40 percent contained as of Sunday morning, […]

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Map of Nugget Creek Fire south of 30 mile Chena Hot Springs Road on June 21, 2019.

Wildfire burning in Chena River State Rec Area near South Fork Chena River

There is a new wildfire burning near Mile 30 Chena Hot Springs Road and smoke is visible from the community of Pleasant Valley and along Chena Hot Springs Road. The Nugget Creek Fire (#323) is located a little over 2 miles south of Chena Hot Springs Road on the south side of the Chena River […]

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