Stuart Creek 2 Fire Reaches Containment Objectives
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire managers have reached their containment objectives on the Stuart Creek 2 Fire. The 85,018-acre fire is 71 percent contained, while the remaining area is being monitored by air, due to hazards in the military impact area where the fire began. A slight decrease in acreage is due to more accurate mapping.
Management of the fire will be turned over to a Type 3 organization Tuesday morning. Smoke may continue to be visible from interior areas of heat. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire began June 19, 2013 on a military training range 25 miles east of North Pole. The fire flared up and grew rapidly during unusually hot, dry conditions in late June and early July. It exhibited extreme fire behavior and jumped control lines to the north and west. Heavy smoke, steep terrain and unexploded ordnance in the fire area made suppression difficult.
A California-based Type 1 Incident management Team assumed control of the fire on July 6. Residents of a portion of Chena Hot Springs Road were evacuated on July 7 and were allowed to return home one day later. An Alaska Type 2 Incident Management Team assumed management of the fire July 17. In the days that followed, crews continued work to build and reinforce containment lines and to repair dozer lines and other areas where suppression activities removed the mat of vegetation.
Chena River State Recreation Area: For information about the Chena River State Recreation Area, please call (907) 451-2695 or visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.
Fire Information: 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.
Public Information Feedback: The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team is seeking feedback to learn which methods of communicating fire information are most effective. To participate please visit SurveyMonkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stuartcreekfire
After July 29, the BLM Alaska Fire Service will provide updates on the Stuart Creek 2 Fire if significant changes in fire activity occur.