Stuart Creek Fire Update for July 12
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Fire Update - July 12, 2013 8:00 AM
Stuart Creek 2 Fire Information
Joint Information Phone Number (907) 356 - 5511
Date started: June 19, 2013
Number of Personnel: 794
Location: 25 miles East of North Pole, AK
Hand Crews: 24
Percent Contained: 28%
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 5 Type 1, 4 Type 2, 3 Type 3
Cost to Date: $9,900,000
Air Tankers: 6 Available, also 8 scoopers
Structures Threatened: 907 Structures
Injuries to Date: 2
The Stuart Creek Fire has not increased in size within the last 24 hours. Fire activity increased in Islands of under burned vegetation within the fire perimeter as skies cleared. Increased visibility allowed air operations to resume with helicopters dropping directly on remaining hotspots. Direct line construction continued under favorable weather conditions for firefighting.
With a high pressure system over the fire area, increased temperatures and lower relative humidity are in store. Increased fire activity is anticipated and will test containment lines over the next several days. Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand and dozer line as well as mop-up hot spots along fire lines. Air support continues to aid firefighting efforts as weather allows. Alaska State Troopers remain in the area. Construction and preparation of contingency plans will continue.
Residents of Pleasant Valley and Twin Rivers were advised in last night’s public meeting the area would remain in an evacuation watch . The public meeting was well attended.
Fire Behavior and Smoke:
Weather changes will now increase the potential for smoky conditions.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 likely 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/.