The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will hold a public meeting Thursday evening to update residents on the progress of efforts to contain the Stuart Creek 2 Fire. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.
Crews continue work on the fire, which began June 19 on a military training range 25 miles east of North Pole. The 85,475-acre fire is 57 percent contained. The northeast corner of the fire remains the focus of firefighters’ efforts. Fuels consist of heavy downed timber that hides and shelters hot spots. Crews are working their way to these areas in order to extinguish the hot spots and secure the containment lines.
Residents in the Grange Hall Road area will continue to see helicopter traffic as supplies and equipment are delivered to firefighters camped out closer to the fire. Meanwhile, power was restored yesterday to most of the military facilities affected by the fire.
Smoke: Communities near the fire may be impacted by smoke. For information on smoke conditions and air quality, visit the Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Quality Division website at: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/
Fire Information: The Incident Command Post is located at the North Pole Elementary School. The public is welcome to visit or call for information about the fire. For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov or call Fire Information at (907) 356-5511.
Chena River State Recreation Area: Facilities and access to the Chena River Recreation Area remain closed from Milepost 27 to 39 on the south side of the Chena Hot Springs Road. For information about the Chena River State Recreation Area, please call (907) 451-2695 or visithttp://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.