Stuart Creek Fire grows; Evacuation Watch continues

The Stuart Creek Fire which began June 19th, is now at 45 thousand acres and is 4.5 miles south of the Chena River, according to the Alaska Fire Service.

 The fire located on military training land in the South Fork drainage of the Chena River, was one of several that continued to burn in Interior Alaska's warm, dry weather.

Falling ash from the Stuart Creek 2 Fire was reported Monday at 12 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road and in the Chatanika River drainage north of Cleary Summit.

Last night's gusty winds, helped the fire to expand northward.

The Borough has been calling residents along Chena Hot Springs Road advising them on what preparations need to be taken if the fire jumps to the road.

Also according to Alaska DNR and Division of Forestry the following recreational areas are closed until further notice due to safety concerns:

· Mile 26.5 Flat Creek Slough Boat Launch

 · Mile 27 Rosehip Campground (under construction, not open to public)

 · Mile 29.9 Compeau Trail

 · Mile 31.6 Colorado Creek & Stiles Creek Trailhead

 · Mile 32.2 Chena River Cabin

 · Mile 36.5 Mist Creek Trail

 · Mile 39.5 Granite Tors Trail

 · Mile 42.3 Hunt Memorial Cabin

 · Mile 47.7 North Fork Cabin


According to them all others areas within the Chena River State Recreation Area are open to day-use ONLY until further notice.

The Newscenter will continue to keep you updated as the story develops.