Tag Archives: Salcha River

Firefighters making headway on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Hot weather made for a day of active burning on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) today. However, firefighters continued to make good headway in corralling the fire and there was no new growth.  Crews completed construction of a sawline and hoseline around the perimeter and the fire remains at 52 acres. Water-scooping aircraft were used today to […]

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Firefighters continue to make progress on Ninetyeight Creek Fire

Firefighters on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) continue to make good progress laying hose around the perimeter of the fire burning near Salcha.  Significantly cooler, wetter weather forecasted for Sunday could help them hold the fire in check. The fire remains at 52 acres. Helicopters have been scooping buckets of water from the Salcha River […]

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Firefighters, aircraft continue work on fire near Salcha River

It was another busy day for firefighters and aircraft on the Ninetyeight Creek Fire (#391) burning near Salcha as the fire in doubled in size on Thursday to an estimated 116 acres. BLM Alaska Fire Service Military Zone managers expect another active day as warm and dry conditions are predicted to continue through the end […]

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Mid Salcha Fire now 90 percent contained

July 23, 11:25 a.m. – Containment on the Mid Salcha Fire increased on Friday while the estimated number of acres burned decreased. Due to better mapping, the burned acreage total for the wildfire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks is now estimated at 1,049 acres, down from the previous estimate of 1,164 acres, according […]

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More rain falls on Mid Salcha Fire

July 21, 6:30 p.m. – It was another wet day for wildland firefighters on the 1,165-acre Mid Salcha Fire south of Fairbanks on Thursday. Almost another inch of rain fell on the fire burning near the Salcha River about 15 air miles upstream from the Richardson Highway, putting the total rainfall that has fallen on […]

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Firefighters mopping up Mid Salcha Fire – literally

Crews continue mop-up operations on the rain-soaked Mid Salcha Fire near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks. The 1,165-acre wildfire is 50 percent contained and there are 129 personnel still working on the fire, including five 20-person crews, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. The main focus at this point is securing the northern […]

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High water poses logistical challenges for firefighters on Salcha River wildfire

July 19, 8:30 p.m. – Firefighters working on a wildfire burning near the Salcha River south of Fairbanks went from fighting fire to building bridges on Tuesday morning. A rapid rise in the Salcha River due to heavy rain the previous 48 hours had firefighters scrambling to relocate campsites and helicopter landing zones, as well as […]

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Rain helps and hinders firefighters on Mid Salcha Fire

Fairbanks – July 18, 7:45 p.m. – While heavy rain has aided firefighters working a fire burning near dozens of recreational cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks, it is also posing challenges. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire has received over 2 inches of rain in the last 48 hours. While the rain has […]

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Rain aids crews on wildfire burning near Salcha River

July 17, 9 p.m. – Firefighters battling a fire near dozens of cabins on the Salcha River continued to get a helping hand from Mother Nature on Sunday as more rain fell on the fire. The 1,170-acre Mid Salcha Fire is no longer threatening recreational cabins along the south bank of the river and the […]

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Change in weather helps firefighters get foothold on wildfire near Salcha River

July 16, 5:45 p.m. – Mother Nature continued to aid firefighters working to suppress a wildfire threatening several cabins on the Salcha River south of Fairbanks on Saturday, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry. A change in wind direction on Friday afternoon helped push the Mid Salcha Fire away from the river and cabins. […]

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