Tag Archives: Nugget Creek Fire

Nugget Creek Fire continues to burn; protection set up for public-use cabin

The Alaska Division of Forestry‚Äôs Fairbanks Area office resumed command of the Nugget Creek Fire burning in the Chena River State Recreation Area approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks on Saturday. The Alaska Green Type 2 Incident Management Team had been managing the fire for the past week. On Friday, fire behavior was again active […]

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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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Norm McDonald, incident commander for the Alaska Type 2 Green Incident Management Team, addresses a crowd of about 180 people at a community meeting regarding the Shovel Creek Fire at the Ken Kunkel Community Center on Wednesday night, June 26, 2019. Photo by Tim Mowry/Alaska Division of Forestry

Shovel Creek Fire crosses creek, grows to 1,600 acres

On Wednesday afternoon, winds from the northeast increased fire activity on the western flank of the Shovel Creek Fire in the Shovel Creek drainage. Due to spotting embers, an 80-acre spot fire grew on the west side of Shovel Creek as the fire burned uphill into the 2009 Hardluck Creek Fire scar. Overall, the Shovel […]

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A smoke column rises from the Shovel Creek Fire Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019 as viewed from atop Murphy Dome northwest of Fairbanks. Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry

Shovel Creek Fire grows to 900 acres; community meeting tonight in Goldstream Valley

The Alaska Incident Management Team will host a community meeting for the Shovel Creek Fire (#319) on Wednesday, June 26 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Ken Kunkel Community Center pavilion (2645 Goldstream Road, Fairbanks AK). The incident management team will provide an update on the current fire situation and be available to answer questions […]

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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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