Tag Archives: #HessCreekFire

Mile long fuel break completed next to the Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/19/19

Crews working on the #HessCreekFire finished installing a 1-mile long fuel break parallel to the Elliott Highway Thursday. The finished product resulted in a 30-foot-wide removal of black spruce and shrub, which will reduce the amount of burnable vegetation along the highway. This fuelbreak, along with the one constructed up the Cleary Creek drainage, will […]

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Firefighters enhance fuel break along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/18/19

Aerial footage of the two hot spots across the Elliott Highway A type 3 team from Wyoming will begin arriving in Fairbanks over the next few days to replace the Southern Idaho team, which finishes their 14-day assignment on Saturday. The Wyoming team will attend an orientation with the Alaska Fire Service today and begin […]

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Saw line completed along Cleary Creek drainage – Hess Creek Fire update 7/17/19

Crews made excellent progress placing saw line from the Elliott Highway north to the Cleary Creek drainage to tie into an already burned area of the #HessCreekFire. This line will provide a solid anchor point to begin firing operations should firefighters need to conduct burnout operations along the Elliott Highway. Today, crews will likely begin […]

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Crews to start saw line operations up Cleary Creek Drainage – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/16/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity on the #HessCreekFire should warmer weather occur. Higher humidity and lower temperatures are limiting fire spread. However, because black spruce needles and branches are highly resinous and usually distributed continuously from ground to treetop, they ignite and burn easily. Black […]

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Precipitation reduces fire activity on the Hess Creek Fire – Update for 7/15/19

Firefighters continue to actively monitor weather patterns to prepare for an increase in fire activity. While higher humidity and lower temperatures reduce fire activity, the fuel type this fire is burning in is highly susceptible to taking off should conditions change. On Sunday, scattered afternoon and evening showers were observed near the fire, however, it’s […]

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Hess Creek Fire grows to 170,293 acres – Fire Update 7/14/19

The reduction in smoke allowed operation personnel to fly the 127-mile perimeter of the #HessCreekFire on Saturday. The south edge of the fire received moisture for the second consecutive day. It continues to smolder just north of the Mercantile; slowly backing down through the hardwoods. However, the northern edge of the fire, which did not […]

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Hazardous Trees along Elliott Highway – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/12/19

Current Situation:  The two spot fires from the #HessCreekFire that crossed the Elliott Highway on Tuesday grew by five additional acres by the time firefighters finished constructing line Thursday evening. Suppression efforts were impeded by hazardous trees, which continued to fall across the fire line. Firefighters not engaged in full suppression of these spots on […]

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Livengood Cemetery Still Intact After Fire – Hess Creek Fire Update 7/11/19

Current Situation:  Higher relative humidity and slightly lower temperatures helped reduce fire intensity and minimize growth on the #HessCreekFire Wednesday. Firefighters put in saw line and laid hose while a helicopter conducted bucket drops to keep two spot fires from spreading along the south side of the Elliott Highway near MP 62; their efforts held […]

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Hess Creek Fire Update 7/10/19

Current Situation:  Yesterday smoke receded to a level on the #HessCreekFire where fire personnel could fly the perimeter of the fire. During the flight, fire officials obtained a more accurate acreage and observed fire behavior, which allowed them to tailor future management actions. At approximately 8:30 p.m. the fire dropped behind the Fred Blixt public […]

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