FAIRBANKS, Alaska UPDATE:
The Oregon Lakes Impact Area Fire near Fort Greely has grown to an estimated 3,500 acres as it continues to move north through grass and downed trees left from a 2013 fire. BLM Alaska Fire Service personnel flew over the fire midday Thursday and reported the fire was backing, creeping and sometimes running in an area that is interspersed with lakes – some of which still had ice. The fire’s head was moving in a northerly direction and was active on 60 percent of its perimeter. It is staying confined to an area that burned in 2013.
The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service, and the U.S. Army Alaska are monitoring a fire southwest of Fort Greely.
According to a BLM press release, officials are monitoring the fire and trying to make sure it does not burn outside of military lands. The remote fire is burning about 7 miles southwest of Fort Greely on the west side of the braided Delta River within the Donnelly Training Area. It is burning in a limited protection area and is not immediately threatening any resources.
The National Weather Service expects that the area could see rain or snow later today or tomorrow.
The fire is burning in the Donnelly Training Area which has unexploded ordinance on the ground, making it too dangerous to have any firefighters on the ground. Beth Ipsen with the fire service says that as of last night, the fire had burned around 3,000 acres, and is consuming grass and downed trees in an area that burned previously in 2013.
The fire service says the fire is not an immediate threat and the cause of the fire is under investigation.