Stuart Creek Fire Update July 15
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire Update - July 15, 2013 8:00 AM
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Information
Joint Information Phone Number (907) 356 - 5511
Date started: June 19, 2013
Number of Personnel: 733
Location: 25 miles East of North Pole, AK
Hand Crews: 22
Percent Contained: 57%
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 5 Type 2, 3 Type 3
Cost to Date: $12,200,00
Air Tankers/Scoopers: requested as needed
Structures Threatened: 907 Structures
Injuries to Date: 4
There will be a community meeting today at the Pleasant Valley Community Center (7234 Anders Ave.). It will start at 6:30 pm.
Yesterday, fire activity increased as anticipated with some isolated flare-ups and fire spread downslope toward the South Fork of the Chena River. Late yesterday afternoon, the fire spotted across the South Fork of the Chena River near the mouth of Marten Creek (approximately 4 miles south of the Chena River). Helicopter attempted to check the two spot fires (5 and 50 acres). Efforts to hold the spot fires at the mouth of Marten Creek will continue today.
Temperatures nearing record highs, and low humidity, continue to increase fire activity. Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand and dozer line as well as mop-up hot spots along fire lines. Air operations are available to assist ground forces as conditions allow. Perimeter growth is projected to be to the east and northeast.
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 and sustained fire spread in some areas. Forecasted winds will push the fire to the northeast. Crews and air resources are available to assess the spots across the river. Isolated thunderstorms may also affect fire behavior today.
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 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 Area, 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/.