The Birch Creek Fire started on July 3, 2013. Smokejumpers were in place for cabin protection from July 4th through July 7th. After the initial response, Alaska Fire Service personnel monitored the fire daily by air. On August 7th, increased fire behavior was observed due to dry conditions and winds. The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B assumed command of the Birch Creek Fire at 10:00 pm on Monday, August 12th.
The fire is currently 24,923 acres and 46% contained. There are 182 personnel assigned to the incident.
The current and predicted weather pattern has significantly reduced the threats posed by the Birch Creek Fire to the community of Circle Hot Springs. As a result, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team B will transfer command of the Birch Creek Fire back to the local unit on Friday, August 23rd at 6:00 am. The Alaska Fire Service (AFS) will continue to monitor the fire by air following the transfer of command.
Excess resources will continue to go through the demobilization process, so that they can become available for other assignments as needed.
Due to the downsizing of the resources and a lack of aviation resources assigned to the Birch Creek Fire, the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was released as of Tuesday night.
As fire activity has decreased in Alaska, the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Joint Information Center (JIC) will no longer be staffed until a further need arises.
Fire personnel are aware of the impact an increased number of individuals can have on a community and will work to minimize the impact on the residents of Central and Circle Hot Springs.
For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation you can view the AICC website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov or call Fire Information at #907-365-5511.
|Date of Origin||Wednesday July 03rd, 2013 approx. 07:15 PM|
|Location||5 mi SE of Circle Hot Springs|
|Incident Commander||Dan Dallas|
Timber (grass and understory)black spruce, white spruce, tundra and mixed hardwoods.
Creeping and smoldering
Rain occurred over the fire area last night and during today's operational period.
Remove hose from fireline and rehab equipment.
Excess resources are being released and made available for other assignments. Tentative transfer of command from RMA IMT B (Dallas) to local unit scheduled to occur on 8/23/13 at 0600.