Continued rain is expected throughout the week on the Minto Lakes Fire. – Alaska Wildfire Information

House AK Fire Info Continued rain is expected throughout the week on the Minto Lakes Fire.

Firefighters continue to take advantage of the continued rainfall and are working hard to improve and maintain containment of the fire. These include areas of heat left in deep humus. Resources continue to be cleaned up and return transport equipment is no longer required in all divisions. Repair work is ongoing in areas where suppression efforts have been completed.

Please continue to limit unnecessary travel to areas around the fire perimeter where firefighters are working. This includes the Murphy Dome area to the MDR boat launch and the Chatanika River. Equipment and firefighters are working around the Hayes and Himilaya subdivisions, please exercise caution in these areas.

Fire activity decreased further today due to precipitation, excellent moisture recovery and cooler temperatures. The focus of the incident is now on securing the footprint of the fire and keeping the fire within it. Helicopters and boats are used to recover equipment that is no longer needed. Firefighters will continue to clean up and tactically patrol around at-risk assets. Heavy equipment begins the removal repair of the bulldozer line which has been put in place to protect communities to the east from the fire. Structural preparation work is complete in the Himilaya and Hayes Creek communities and unnecessary supplies are being removed. Along the Chatanika River looking west from the Himilaya/Hayes Creek assessment communities along the river, as well as the group of structures around the Murphy Dome area have been completed and saved for later use. Crews continue to reinforce the line of fire and mop up the heat around Aboriginal settlements on the southwest flank. Resource advisors were assigned to the incident for the protection of natural and cultural resources and endangered species.

Evacuations

For Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations Evacuation Map. Follow the FNSB Government Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FNSBGov) for updates and notifications. Receive FNSB emergency SMS alerts by texting: FNSBWildFire2022 to 67283.https://tinyurl.com/MintoLakes. Follow the FNSB Government Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FNSBGov) for updates and notifications. Receive FNSB emergency SMS alerts by texting: FNSBWildFire2022 to 67283.

Time

Rain is still expected today. Temperatures should be in the mid 50s to low 60s. Minimum humidity will be around 50-60%. Winds will be light and variable at 5 mph in the valleys and in the southern 5-10 mph on the slopes and ridges.

Closures

State of Alaska’s emergency burn closure was lifted July 14, 2022 at 9 a.m. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/ypwpfm7y for more information. The Alaska Bureau of Land Management has issued a fire closure order for the White Mountain National Recreation Area. The following trails are closed: Wickersham Creek Trail, Trail Creek Trail (between the junction with Wickersham Creek Trail and the junction with Moose Creek Trail), Moose Creek Trail and Summit Trail. The following BLM public use cabins and shelters are closed: Lee’s Cabin, Eleazar’s Cabin, Moose Creek Cabin, Summit Trail Shelter, Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter. For more information, visit https://akfireinfo.com/ or call the Fairbanks District Office at 907-474-2200. Alaska State Parks has closed the Whitefish Lake campground and boat launch

Minto Lakes Fire Map for July 17, 2022 click here for PDF version
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Tags: Alaska Forestry Division, BLM Alaska Fire Service, Minto Lakes Fire

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