Update for July 7 2013
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
The community meeting held last night at the Pleasant Valley Community Center was attended by approximately 320 people. Thank you to all who attended and a special thank you to all who set-up and cleaned-up after the meeting. More firefighting resources arrived on the fire late last night.
Once the inversion lifted yesterday afternoon, the fire grew rapidly and a large smoke column could be seen from many communities. The fire’s growth occurred mainly in the north and west flanks of the fire. Yesterday’s smoke conditions were considered unhealthy for sensitive groups. For more information, please visit http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/
Today‘s weather forecast calls for higher temperatures, lower relative humidity and winds out of the south and southeast. Based on the weather forecast, fire managers expect that most of the fire growth after the inversion lifts will be toward the north and northwest.
Crews will continue to create defensible space and install structure protection measures in the Pleasant Valley/Two Rivers area. Firefighters will construct a combination of dozer line and hand line in the southwest corner of the fire so they can progress safely north toward the communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley. Contingency planning is continuing. Aerial firefighting efforts in the Yukon Training Area will continue today as weather and smoke cover allows.
The 901 structures considered to be threatened are located in the communities of Two Rivers, Pleasant Valley, US Army Yukon Training Area and Chena River State Recreation Areas.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
All communities near the fire should expect to be impacted by smoke. In the morning smoke is trapped below the inversion layer, it will impact the communities in the lower areas (North Pole, Fairbanks, and Eielson AFB). Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley will likely be impacted by smoke in the in the afternoon when the inversion lifts.
Smoke can pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the “Protect Yourself from Smoke” website for smoke protection information at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/.
There are no evacuations in place. There is an evacuation watch in place for areas along Chena Hot Springs Road from mile post 14 to 32 (Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley areas).
Chena Hot Springs Resort is open to the public. Chena River State Recreation Area has issued numerous closures, for more information call (907) 451-2695 or visit www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm .
For tips on how to prepare for a potential evacuation and what to do if you are evacuated, residents are encouraged to visit the “Ready, Set, Go” website at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/3052/15480/.