Stuart Creek Fire Update July 14
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire Update - July 14, 2013 8:00 AM
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Information
Joint Information Phone Number (907) 356 - 5511
Date started: June 19, 2013
Number of Personnel: 730
Location: 25 miles East of North Pole, AK
Hand Crews: 22
Percent Contained: 38%
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 5 Type 2, 3 Type 3
Cost to Date: $11,200,00
Air Tankers: 2 available, also 5 scoopers
Structures Threatened: 907 Structures
Injuries to Date: 3
Yesterday, fire activity increased as anticipated with some isolated flare-ups along with small group tree torching inside the fire’s perimeter. Late yesterday afternoon, the fire was slowly backing toward the South Fork of the Chena River. This resulted in an increase in smoke that could be seen on the east side of the fire. However, fire perimeter growth was minimal as containment lines continue to hold. The Stuart Creek 2 Fire has not increased in size within the last 48 hours.
A high pressure system over the fire area will bring a slight increase in temperatures and lower relative humidities. Some increase in fire activity is anticipated but perimeter growth is projected to be minimal. Clear skies will allow air operations to assist ground forces as direct line construction progresses in several areas along the perimeter. Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand and dozer line as well as mop-up hot spots along fire lines.
Residents of Pleasant Valley and Two Rivers remain in an evacuation watch as structure protection engines and hose lines remain in place. Alaska State Troopers remain in the area. Preparation of contingency plans continues.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
The hotter and drier weather has dried out the fuels enough to allow for isolated group torching. In addition, the fire is now able to back in the pockets of black spruce. Forecasted winds will push the fire to the northeast, backing toward the South Fork of the China River. Crews and air resources are available to monitor and contain any spot fires.
Communities near the fire should expect to be impacted by smoke. For information on smoke conditions, visit this website the Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Quality Division website at: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/
Smoke can pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.
Motorists should use caution when driving the Chena Hot Springs Road due to increased firefighting equipment in the area.
Firewise Film Night will occur on July 16, 17, and 18. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/p66llp8
An evacuation watch remains in effect along the Chena Hot Springs Road between mileposts 16 and 34.
Chena River State Recreation Areais closed. For more information call (907) 451-2695 or visit www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.
For tips on how to prepare for a potential evacuation and what to do if you are evacuated, residents are encouraged to visit the “Ready, Set, Go” website at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3052/15480/.