Skinny'S Road Fire Nearing Containment
Incident: Skinny'S Road Wildfire
A planned burn-out operation was cancelled Wednesday on the Skinny’s Road Fire on account of weather. The temperature was too low and the humidity was too high to generate a hot enough fire to ignite unburned islands of vegetation inside the fire line. Instead, fire crews today are building fire lines around the unburned islands, a measure which further isolates these areas from the rest of the fire.
This change in plans caused the fire’s containment to be nudged from today until tomorrow. Today, the Skinny’s Road Fire is 65 percent contained. The fire size remains at 1,806 acres.
Fire suppression resources assigned to the fire today include:
- 22 crews
- 3 helicopters
- 2 fire engines
- 7 bulldozers
- 4 water tenders
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.