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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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Winds over the Nugget Creek Fire produced small pockets of fire activity today

The Nugget Creek Fire (#323), burning east of Fairbanks, is now approximately 18,115 acres. A reduction in acreage is due to more accurate mapping that was obtained yesterday, July 19. Winds over the fire area produced small pockets of fire activity that generated smoke that was visible in the area. Firefighters are working along the […]

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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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Light smoke from the Nugget Creek Fire burning in the Chena River State Recreation Area rises near the Chena River along Chena Hot Springs Road on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Nugget Creek Fire still smoldering east of Fairbanks

The Nugget Creek Fire experienced minimal growth on Tuesday thanks to cloud cover and cooler temperatures. Fire behavior on Tuesday was described as backing and creeping with isolated tree torching. A reconnaissance flight of the fire revealed considerable heat in the interior of the fire and a 70 percent active perimeter, according to the Alaska […]

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Firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry's Fairbanks Area office watch from a gravel bar as the Nugget Creek Fire backs down a hillside toward the Chena River near Mile 37.7 Chena Hot Springs Road on Sunday, June 30, 2019. Photo by Meg Cicciarella/Alaska Division of Forestry

Better mapping puts Nugget Creek Fire at estimated 6,900 acres

Firefighters were able to get a better look at the Nugget Creek Fire from the air on Monday and the new acreage estimate for the fire burning east of Fairbanks in the Chena River State Recreation Area is 6,900 acres, more than double the previous estimate, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The lightning-caused […]

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The east side of the Nugget Creek Fire backing north toward the Chena River as seen on Sunday, June 30. Photo by Omar Sutherland/Alaska Division of Forestry

Nugget Creek Fire growing but still south of Chena River and Chena Hot Springs Road

Firefighters on Sunday flew the fire and used infrared imaging capabilities to update the fire’s perimeter after it made a 3-mile run Saturday along the Chena Hot Springs River near mile 37.7 Chena Hot Springs Road. The fire, burning in a limited protection area in the Chena River State Recreation Area, is now estimated at […]

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