STUART CREEK 2 FIRE UPDATE

STUART CREEK 2 FIRE UPDATE
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Smolders
 
Several days of wetter weather and higher humidity have helped firefighters make progress on the Stuart Creek 2 Fire.  But the potential for warmer, drier weather in the next few days could bring challenges.
 
At 85,475 acres, the Stuart Creek 2 Fire is 57 percent contained. Fire managers plan to fly the perimeter of the fire today, using infrared technology to check for hot spots.
 
With the threat from the 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.
 
Fire managers are focused on the northeastern corner of the fire, which has been most active.  As a result, residents of the Grange Hall Road area off Chena Hot Springs Road may see increased helicopter activity.  Crews, equipment and supplies are being moved out of areas where the containment lines are secure and into areas where they are needed.
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire began June 19 on a military training range 25 miles east of North Pole.  The cause is under investigation.
 
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:  For information about the Chena River State Recreation Area, please call 907-451-2695.