Skinny'S Road Fire in Mop-Up Mode
Incident: Skinny'S Road Wildfire
Firefighters working on the Skinny’s Road Fire today are penetrating farther and farther into the core of the burned area, hunting down scattered hot spots and extinguishing them. Hoses encircle the fire, and teams of fallers are cutting down smoking trees and dangerous snags – a safety measure for the firefighters.
The burned area remains at 1,806 acres and is 80 percent contained. Full containment is planned to be declared at the end of today’s shift.
At midnight Thursday, the roadblocks and pilot cars staffed by Alaska Dept. of Transportation personnel were removed from the Parks Highway. The traffic management system has been in place for more than a week. Travelers are asked to reduce speed and drive cautiously in the Milepost 328 area due to heavy equipment and fire engines moving in and out of the Skinny’s Road Fire. Travelers may also see smoke in the area.
More than 320 firefighters are working on the Skinny’s Road Fire today. Most of the hotshot crews that were assigned to the fire have been released to be available for assignment to other fires. Crews from numerous villages in Alaska have been brought in to complete the mop-up.
The Skinny’s Road 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.