Stuart Creek 2 Fire Update
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Threat Lessens
With the threat from the Stuart Creek 2 Fire diminishing, the Evacuation Watch for residents of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley along the Chena Hot Springs Road has been lifted.
In addition, the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has reopened access to the Chena River State Recreation Area along the north side of Chena Hot Springs Road between Mile 27 and Mile 50.5. However, all access points on the south side of the highway between Mile 27 and Mile 39 remain closed.
The public is asked to watch for firefighters and equipment and drive with caution on the Chena Hot Springs Road.
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire began June 19 on a military training range 25 miles east of North Pole. The cause is under investigation. At 85,475 acres it is 57 percent contained.
Firefighters have taken advantage of the rain and higher humidity in recent days to secure containment lines along the western and northern perimeter of the fire. They have to contend with a number of hazards, including rough terrain, fire-weakened trees that can fall unexpectedly, and piles of fallen trees that may hold hidden pockets of fire.
Fire managers are focusing their efforts on the northeastern corner of the fire—the most active area of burning. Unexploded ordnance prevents firefighters from directly attacking the fire on the southeast corner, so that area is being monitored. Equipment and supplies are being moved out of areas where the containment lines are secured.
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/
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.