Work Continues on Stuart Creek 2 Fire
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
With continued warm, dry weather the Stuart Creek 2 Fire is spreading slowly to the east, within and beyond the military impact area where the fire began. Crews are continuing efforts to protect military assets in the fire and to locate and extinguish hot spots threatening containment lines.
Meanwhile, the Temporary Flight Restriction over the fire has been reduced slightly to facilitate military exercises and civil air traffic. The new TFR is now south of the Chena Hot Springs Road. A map of the Stuart Creek 2 Fire TFR and other temporary flight restrictions in Alaska can be found at: http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.jsp
Fire managers are coordinating with the military to accommodate the ongoing international military aviation exercises. Air crews from various branches of the U.S. Military and from numerous allied nations are taking part in the advanced combat readiness exercises.
The Stuart Creek 2 Fire began June 19 on a military training range 25 miles east of North Pole. The 87,358-acre fire is 71 percent contained, while the remaining area is being monitored by aerial surveillance several times each day. Infrared technology is also being used to locate hotspots, especially along the perimeter of the fire.
Backcountry access to the Granite Tors, Mastodon Creek, Mist Creek and South Fork trails in the Chena River State Recreation Area remains closed.
Smoke from the Stuart Creek 2 Fire and from other fires burning in the Interior, is visible and may be heavy at times.
Wildland fire smoke information is available at http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/smokemain.htm.