Here’s a cool video showing an air tanker retardant drop on the Munson Creek Fire on Sunday. The air tanker had an old load of retardant that needed to be dumped so they dumped it on a section of the… Read More ›
Munson Creek Fire
So far, firefighters have been successful in steering the fire away from the Chena Hot Springs Resort and cabins and homes along Chena Hot Springs Road while allowing it to play its natural role on the landscape.
Yesterday, two helicopters made more than 110 water drops totaling almost 33,000 gallons of water on two parts of the fire, one in the northeast corner east of Chena Hot Springs Resort and one in the northwest corner west of Bearpaw Butte, said Munson Creek Fire helibase manager Tom Kennedy. The ships are busy doing bucket work in those two areas again today, he said.
Fire behavior will likely continue to escalate the next few days with temperatures forecast to climb into the upper 70s and relative humidities dropping into the 20 percent range. While the increased fire behavior is cause for a bit of concern for the nearly 200 firefighters working on the fire, it also shows fire managers where the main sources of heat remain on the fire and they can plan accordingly, Brown said.
Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy visited the Munson Creek Fire on Friday to get a first-hand look at the 36,609-acre fire burning directly behind Chena Hot Springs Resort at the end of Chena Hot Springs Road.
Fire behavior has diminished recently but managers are waiting to see how it responds when warmer weather returns.
Reconnaissance flight puts size of Munson Creek Fire at more than 36,000 acres; firefighters continue to go on offensive
After three cool days of rain showers and high humidity, fire managers say there is still heat in the Munson Creek Fire based on a reconnaissance flight Wednesday.
Starting yesterday and continuing today, firefighters are able to “go direct” on the burning edge of the fire to stop the slow, creeping movement down the hill directly behind Chena Hot Springs.
Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity and light rain helped ease fire behavior on the Munson Creek Fire today. The fire received light rain on and off throughout the day. Current conditions at Chena Hot Springs are described as smoky and… Read More ›
Munson Creek Fire within half mile of Chena Hot Springs; firefighters positioned to defend structures
The Munson Creek Fire is currently less than a half mile from Chena Hot Springs Resort and trees can be seen torching on the hillside behind the resort as the fire slowly advances down the hill. As of 8 p.m.,… Read More ›