Evacuation Watch Associated With Stuart Creek Fire Remains in Effect
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
An Evacuation Watch, issued by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, remains in effect for those living in the area of Mile 14 to Mile 32 of the Chena Hot Springs Rd. An Evacuation watch is an advisory intended to inform those living in the affected area of the possibility of an evacuation so they can make appropriate preparations. Those who need to evacuate livestock, sled dogs, and other animals can take them to the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds.
The Stuart Creek Fire, which has grown to 50,000 acres, began on military lands and spread to adjacent state lands. It is four miles from the Chena River. Growth Tuesday occurred to the south and east. Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and light winds should provide firefighters with some relief today. A Type 2 Incident Management Team has taken over management of fire operations and a Type 1 Team has been ordered. Smokejumpers, retardant tankers and military helicopters continue to attack the fire. In addition, crews have begun positioning pumps and hoses to protect structures ahead of the fire.