Cooler Weather Aids Skinny'S Road Firefighters
Incident: Skinny'S Road Wildfire
Cooler temperatures and a few rain showers helped firefighters working on the Skinny’s Road Fire yesterday. No significant flare-ups occurred and good progress was made with improving the fire line and extinguishing hot spots inside the burned area.
Continued moderate weather today will also help as firefighters conduct a small burn-out operation. This is necessary to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation inside the fire line as warmer, drier weather is expected in the days ahead, which will increase the potential for flare-ups where unburned vegetation exists.
The size of the Skinny’s Road Fire has increased to 1,806 acres, but the change is due more accurate mapping and not a change in the fire’s activity. The fire is 55 percent contained.
More than 470 firefighters are working on the fire today, and they are supported by several fire engines and bulldozers, helicopters that can drop water on hot spots, and water tenders which transport water to portable water tanks located in remote portions of the fire.
Roadblocks and pilot cars continue to be used on the Parks Highway in the vicinity of the fire, which is located between Fairbanks and Nenana area near Milepost 328. Traffic management is necessary in this area because firefighters are working along the roadside.
The fire is being managed by an Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team that is working cooperatively with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
Information about the fire is available online at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3456/, and by calling:
- Skinny’s Road Fire Information, (541) 621-4156.
- Alaska Joint Information Center, (907) 356-5511.
- Bulletin boards with fire updates and maps are posted at the Gold Hill store and Skinny’s Halfway Inn.