100% Containment Achieved July 5, 2012
Incident: Bear Creek Wildfire
Containment does not necessarily mean the fire is out. Smoke is possible from interior smoldering pockets of unburned vegetation.
Wildland fires in Alaska naturally tend to burn in a mosaic pattern. Influenced by weather, terrain, and other factors there are often irregular edges to the fire's perimeter. Pockets of unburned vegetation often remain inside the boundary. The burn patterns on the landscape from the Bear Creek Fire are a good example of this type of mosaic pattern.