Crews Making Progress on Stuart Creek 2 Fire
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fresh crews and additional heavy equipment have helped accelerate work on the Stuart Creek 2 Fire. Additional crews are working mainly on the northeast perimeter, which is the most active area of the fire. With the start of a drying trend yesterday, firefighters were able to find hot spots smoldering in the duff and extinguish them quickly.
In addition, crews are making good progress in the southwestern area of the fire, repairing dozer lines and other areas where suppression activities removed the mat of vegetation. Post-fire rehabilitation is intended to stabilize soil and minimize pollution of streams and rivers.
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire, which began June 19, is located 25 miles east of North Pole. The fire remains at 85,475-acres. It is 57 percent contained.
Fire managers will be keeping close watch on the weather, which could produce temperatures in the low 80s by the weekend. Crews on the Stewart Creek 2 Fire are available for initial attack on any other fires in the Fairbanks area.
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/
Fire 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.
Chena River State Recreation Area: Facilities and access to the Chena River Recreation Area remain closed from Milepost 27 to 39 on the south side of the Chena Hot Springs Road. For information about the Chena River State Recreation Area, please call (907) 451-2695 or visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.