Warmer weather expected to cause increase in fires.

As the weather becomes warmer and drier over the next few days, officials expect fire activity to increase. As with most fires in Alaska, Stuart Creek 2 has burned in a mosaic pattern. This means the 85,475 acre fire still has areas of unburned fuels inside the fire perimeter. The change in weather will assist crews in locating and extinguishing hot spots located within fallen timber and duff. Aircraft equipped with infrared sensors flew the fire last night to detect heat along and inside the perimeter.

 

Fire crews working on the northwest, north, and northeast perimeters of the fire are still focused on areas with active fire.  Approximately five miles of suppression repair has been completed on the southwestern perimeter with an additional 20 miles to complete.

 

Eleven crews are currently working the fire with two additional hotshot crews expected to return from days off on Wednesday. The crews continue to meet operational objectives in remote terrain with the support of helicopters and numerous pieces of heavy equipment.

 

Facilities and access to the Chena River Recreation Area remain closed from milepost 27 to 39 on the south side of the road.

 

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 or visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.