Skinny'S Road Fire Fully Contained
Incident: Skinny'S Road Wildfire
The incident management team on the Skinny’s Road Fire declared the 1,806-acre fire fully contained late Friday. The fire line continues to hold and crews are using infrared heat detectors to locate hot spots, which the firefighters then extinguish.
Tankers are hauling water to portable ponds set up around the fire’s edge, and firefighters are dragging hoses ever deeper into the fire’s blackened interior. Teams of fellers are searching out and cutting down hazardous trees to increase firefighter safety. Two helicopters are available to fly over the fire to scan the burned area with an infrared heat detector, and the helicopters can also drop water onto hotspots.
The roadblock and pilot car system along the Parks Highway was removed late Thursday, but fire suppression activity continues in the area around Milepost 328. Travelers are asked to slow down when driving through that area and watch for heavy equipment – fire engines, water tenders and other large trucks – entering and leaving side roads and moving slowly.
Nearly 300 firefighters are working on the fire line today. Most of the hotshot crews assigned to the Skinny’s Road Fire for the past week have been released; to replace many of them, skilled Alaskan crews have been brought in to continue mopping up the fire.
The Skinny’s Road Fire is being managed by an Oregon Department of Forestry incident management team that is working cooperatively with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.
Information about the fire is available online at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3456/, and by calling:
- Skinny’s Road Fire Information, (541) 621-4156.
- Alaska Joint Information Center, (907) 356-5511.
- Bulletin boards with fire updates and maps are posted at the Gold Hill store and Skinny’s Halfway Inn.