Stuart Creek Fire Update for July 13
Incident: Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire
Date started: June 19, 2013
Number of Personnel: 773
Location: 25 miles East of North Pole, AK
Hand Crews: 24
Percent Contained: 28%
Estimated Containment Date: Unknown
Water Tenders: 12
Helicopters: 5 Type 2, 3 Type 3
Cost to Date: $10,600,00
Air Tankers: 6 Available, also 8 scoopers
Structures Threatened: 907 Structures
Injuries to Date: 2
With the advent of yesterday’s warming trend fire activity increased as anticipated with some isolated flare-ups along with single and small group torching inside the fire’s perimeter.. However fire perimeter growth was minimal as containment lines continue to hold. The Stuart Creek Fire has not increased in size within the last 24 hours.
The high pressure system over the fire area, will continue to bring slightly increasing temperatures and lower relative humidity. Some increase in fire activity is anticipated but perimeter growth is projected to be minimal. Clear skies today will allow air operations to assist ground forces as direct line construction progresses in several areas along the perimeter of the fire Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand and dozer line as well as mop-up hot spots along fire lines. Alaska State Troopers remain in the area. Construction and preparation of contingency plans will continue.
Residents of Pleasant Valley and Twin Rivers remain in an evacuation watch as structure protection engines and hose lines remain in place.
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 not expected outside the containment lines 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/.###