Tanana Zone Fires

Firefighters prepare for drier, hotter weather on Dry Creek Fire

Firefighters are wrapping up work to make sure fire control lines help keep the more than 51,000-acre Dry Creek Fire (#195) in check during the hotter, drier weather predicted to start this weekend. Fire managers don’t expect significant fire growth despite the warmer weather thanks the firefighters’ hard work and the Zitziana River to the east and an area burned in 2018 to the southwest.

Firefighters conduct successful burn out on Dry Creek Fire south of Manley Hot Springs

Firefighters successfully conducted a burn operation to protect Native allotments along the Tanana River Friday from the advancing Dry Creek Fire. Due to the fire’s progress and rapid growth to the northwest in recent days, fire managers decided to take action to protect the two properties near the confluence of the Tanana River and Hot Springs Slough. The fire is now estimated at 26,000 acres. It is still south of the Tanana River.

Firefighters consider burn operations to protect Native allotment from Dry Creek Fire

Due to the Dry Creek Fire’s progress to the northwest near the Tanana River in recent days, fire managers are considering taking additional steps to protect a Native allotment from the encroaching fire. If conditions allow, firefighters could conduct a burn operation as early as today to protect the allotment that sits near the confluence of the Tanana River and Hot Springs Slough.

Smokejumpers respond to two new fires in Interior Alaska

BLM Alaska Fire Service Smokejumpers responded to two fires in rural Alaska in the last few days, emphasizing dry conditions still exist in some areas despite the wet, cold weather present in other regions. The Richmond Fire (#338) burning 39 miles north of Bettles is suspected of being human caused. It’s a reminder that people still need to be careful that their outdoor activities don’t ignite a fire.