Rain Falls on Stuart Creek 2 Fire
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire crews on the Stewart Creek 2 fire got help from wetting rains overnight. The fire remains at 85,475 acres. Crews will continue today to mop up and secure containment lines on the fire’s western and northern edges and they’ve begun work to rehabilitate the terrain where dozers were used to contain the fire.
Two spot fires that jumped the South Fork of the Chena River earlier this week are now 100 percent contained. Fire managers are focusing their suppression efforts on the fire’s northeastern perimeter. As a result, crews and equipment are being moved north to Pleasant Valley so that firefighters will have better proximity to the fire’s most active edge.
Good progress is being made on the fire in conjunction with favorable weather. More than 540 people continue to work on the fire. The Stuart Creek 2 fire began in a military training area, 25 miles east of North Pole on June 19. The cause is under investigation.
Evacuation Watch: An Evacuation Watch remains in effect along the Chena Hot Springs Road between Mileposts 27 and 39.
Smoke: Communities near the fire may be impacted by smoke. . For information on smoke conditions and air quality, visit the Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Quality Division website at: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/
Access: The Chena Hot Springs Road remains open. However, motorists should use caution on the road due to firefighting equipment in the area.
Information: The Incident Command Post is located at the North Pole Elementary School. The public is welcome to visit or call for information about the fire. For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov or call Fire Information at (907) 356-5511.