Stuart Creek 2 Fire Update July 16
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire Update - July 16, 2013 8:00 AM
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Information
Joint Information Phone Number (907) 356-5511
Date started: June 19, 2013
Number of Personnel: 673
Location: 25 miles East of North Pole, AK
Hand Crews: 21
Percent Contained: 57%
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Water Tenders: 9
Helicopters: 1 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 1 Type 3
Cost to Date: $13,200,00
Air Tankers/Scoopers: requested as needed
Structures Threatened: 907 Structures
Injuries to Date: 6
The evacuation watch for the residents of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley between Mileposts 16 and 27 was lifted last night at 8 pm.
Yesterday, fire activity decreased as cooler temperatures and higher humidities were over the fire area. Firefighters and air resources were effective in keeping the spot fires in Marten Creek in check. One spot fire was held at approximately 30 acres. Aircraft were used on the other spot to stop most of the fire spread. There were some isolated flare-ups in the interior of the fire area. Containment was achieved on the west side of the fire.
Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand and dozer line as well as mop-up hot spots along fire lines and secure the fire’s edge. Efforts to hold the two spot fires at the mouth of Marten Creek will continue today. Air operations are available to assist ground forces as conditions allow. Perimeter growth is projected to to the east and northeast.
Since residents of Pleasant Valley and Two Rivers are no longer under an evacuation watch, structure protection engines and hose lines will begin to be removed. Residents are encouraged to remove their pets/animals from the fairgrounds.
The community meeting in Pleasant Valley was attended by approximately 120 people.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Fire spread is predicted to be toward the east and northeast. There will be isolated pockets that flare-up and spot fires could grow quickly.
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 at 6:00 p.m. on July 17 at the North Pole Fire Station and July 18 at the Pleasant Valley Community Center. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/p66llp8
An evacuation watch is in effect along the Chena Hot Springs Road between Mileposts 27 and 39. Chena River State Recreation Area is closed. For more information call (907) 451-2695 or visit www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.