Stuart Creek 2 Fire Update for July 11
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire Update - July 11, 2013 8:00 AM
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Information
Joint Information Phone Number (907) 356 - 5511
Date started: June 19, 2013
Number of Personnel: 796
Location: 25 miles East of North Pole, AK
Hand Crews: 23
Percent Contained: 25%
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 5 Type 1, 4 Type 2, 3 Type 3
Cost to Date: $8,900,000
Air Tankers: 6 Available, also 8 scoopers
Structures Threatened: 900 Structures
Injuries to Date: 2
A community meeting will be held today at the Pleasant Valley Community Center (7234 Anders Ave) at 6:00pm. The Incident Management Team will provide an update on the firefighting effort and answer questions regarding the fire containment status and evacuation advisory.
The additional rainfall received yesterday kept the fire’s activity to a minimum with little observable movement. Progress continued in constructing direct hand and dozer line in the north and southwest portions of the fire perimeter adding to the containment percentage. The rain and low hanging cloud layer prevented air support from assisting providing retardant and water drops and made some roads exceedingly difficult or impassible.
Increasing temperatures and northwest winds today will increase fire activity. Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand and dozer line as well as mop-up of hot spots along fire lines. Air support continues to aid firefighting efforts as weather will allow. Residents in the Pleasant Valley and Twin Rivers area continue to remain under an evacuation watch. Alaska State Troopers remain in the area. Construction and preparation of contingency plans will continue.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Forecasted winds will push the fire to the west, but spread is expected to be minimal due to containment lines. Should spotting occur it will like fall within contingency lines and will be met with an immediate suppression response.
All communities near the fire should expect to be impacted by smoke. In the evenings and morning, smoke sinks to the lower elevation communities like North Pole, Fairbanks, and Eielson AFB. For information on smoke conditions, visit this website: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/
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/.
Motorists should use caution when driving the Chena Hot Springs Road due to increased firefighting equipment in the area.
An evacuation watch remains in effect along the Chena Hot Springs Road between mileposts 16 and 34
Chena River State Recreation Area, 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/.