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Ed Sanford, Isom Creek Fire Incident Commander

Isom Creek Fire uses minimum impact suppression tactics in refuge

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,024 acresContainment: 44%Total Personnel: 336 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Firefighters continue to gain ground, closing the gap in the western containment line and constructing line on other parts of the Isom Creek Fire (#187). The La Grande Hotshots (U.S. Forest Service, Oregon) are joining […]

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Karelian bear dogs and weather aid crews on Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,024 acresContainment: 44% Total Personnel: 356 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Firefighters continue to make good progress to suppress the Isom Creek Fire (#187) aided by relatively cool temperatures, high humidity, and light winds. Crews improved the north and western perimeters. They continue to assess and […]

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Crews increase containment on Isom Creek Fire

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) did not grow despite dry thunderstorm activity with strong winds on the ridge tops Sunday. An increase in relative humidity is helping firefighters make large gains on containment, which is now estimated at 44%. Crews are slogging up extremely steep terrain to close the remaining gap on […]

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Extreme Thunderstorms Forecast for Isom Creek

UPDATE 12:20 p.m. : ORIGINAL POST: Start Date: 06/05/2020Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AKCause: LightningFire Size: 12,024 acresContainment: 26%Total Personnel: 357 (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – A Red Flag Warning was issued Sunday for extreme fire weather due to persistent hot and dry conditions in the area. Erratic winds are likely in the afternoon, generated […]

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Winds challenge fire crews and send smoke to Dalton Highway

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  11,665 acres Containment: 30% Total Personnel: 294   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – An earlier than usual wind shift during a burn out operation on the Isom Creek Fire (#187) brought heavy smoke over the Dalton Highway near milepost 46 late Friday […]

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Dense smoke on Dalton Highway

EVENING UPDATE (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – A change in the wind direction and an increase in fire activity this evening is pushing smoke from the Isom Creek Fire (#187) over the Dalton Highway reducing visibility on the road between mileposts 34-46. Firefighters and Forestry engines will be controlling traffic into the night until it is safe […]

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Critical fire weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,844 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 275   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Westerly winds continued to help and hinder firefighters on the Isom Creek Fire Thursday. Winds pushed the fire away from the Dalton Highway, allowing firefighting crews to continue increasing […]

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Warm, dry weather expected for Isom Creek Fire

Start Date: 06/05/2020 Location: 17 miles SW of Stevens Village, AK Cause: Lightning Fire Size:  10,618 acres Containment: 10% Total Personnel: 300   (FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – Southwest winds pushed the Isom Creek Fire away from the Dalton Highway allowing firefighting crews to secure and improve their firelines along the highway and Hovercraft Road. Firefighters were […]

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Isom Creek Fire grows to 7,574 acres

(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – For the second day in a row, a late evening isolated storm cell moved over the Isom Creek Fire late Tuesday, bringing strong, erratic winds. Firefighting aircraft were forced to stop operations because of strong wind gusts. The easterly winds tested the constructed fireline along the two-track trail, locally know as Hovercraft […]

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Additional resources arrive to help contain Isom Creek Fire

The Isom Creek Fire (#187) continued to burn actively Sunday, spreading to the southwest through stands of black spruce mixed with hardwoods. Firefighters report the fire is resistant to control due to continued warm and dry weather. A contingent of water-scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and helicopters with water-dropping buckets supported personnel on the ground. […]

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