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.
Dry Creek Fire
Firefighters are wrapping up work to make sure fire control lines help keep the more than 51,000-acre Dry Creek Fire (#195) in check during the hotter, drier weather predicted to start this weekend. Fire managers don’t expect significant fire growth despite the warmer weather thanks the firefighters’ hard work and the Zitziana River to the east and an area burned in 2018 to the southwest.
The cooler, wetter weather has greatly reduced fire behavior on the Dry Creek Fire in the past few days. Due to this, the number of personnel working on the fire has decreased as people have started to hit the end of their 14-day assignment.
Fire activity moderated on the Dry Creek Fire (#195) a few days of substantial growth. The fire burned approximately 15,800 acres since June 30 – mostly to the west – and was estimated at 45,643 acres by the end of Saturday
The Dry Creek Fire burning south of Manley Hot Springs was active Thursday, gaining about 8,000 acres; mostly to the west. The fire is still south of the Tanana River and west of the Zitziana River, which is two of the goals for firefighters managing the 40,459-acre lightning-caused fire. Another is to protect cabins and Native allotments in the area.
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 successfully conducted a burn operation to protect Native allotments along the Tanana River Friday from the advancing Dry Creek Fire. Due to the fire’s progress and rapid growth to the northwest in recent days, fire managers decided to take action to protect the two properties near the confluence of the Tanana River and Hot Springs Slough. The fire is now estimated at 26,000 acres. It is still south of the Tanana River.
Due to the Dry Creek Fire’s progress to the northwest near the Tanana River in recent days, fire managers are considering taking additional steps to protect a Native allotment from the encroaching fire. If conditions allow, firefighters could conduct a burn operation as early as today to protect the allotment that sits near the confluence of the Tanana River and Hot Springs Slough.
Strong southeasterly winds pushed the northern edge of the Dry Creek Fire (#195) four miles to the northwest toward the Tanana River Wednesday afternoon. The fire will likely continue to be active today due to the forecasted dry, windy weather…. Read More ›
Moderated weather conditions have allowed firefighters to advance efforts on fires burning near the Tolovana Hot Springs and south of Manley Hot Springs. As eight smokejumpers continue to mop up the Washington Creek Fire (#231) about 1 1/2 miles south of the Tolovana Hot Springs, other firefighters are building fire breaks around sites within striking distance of the <Dry Creek Fire (#195) burning south of Manley. Higher humidity levels and even a little bit of rain has kept fire activity in check on the Dry Creek Fire and has helped efforts on the Washington Creek Fire. Smokejumpers plan to finish work and demobilize from the 2-acre Washington Creek Fire around midweek.