Growth of Bean Complex Causes Evacuation Recommendations on Three Fires – Alaska Wildfire Information

Map of areas included in the evacuation recommendation for the Bean Complex on July 10, 2022 regarding the Bitzchitini (#312), Chitanana (#315), and Tanana River (#310) fires. This map will change as fire perimeters change. Click the link for the PDF version of the map.

Twelve consecutive days of hot, dry weather and red flag conditions set the Bean Complex fires on course for active fire behavior with steady and persistent growth. These conditions are expected to persist through the weekend into early next week with an additional chance of thunderstorms and no appreciable amount of precipitation. A red flag warning is in effect until midnight today to account for lightning potential.

After careful consideration, fire officials have issued an evacuation recommendation for areas likely to be affected by the Bean Complex fires. Please see the map for evacuation recommendations here. The fires have been steadily increasing and forecast fire weather conditions are likely to cause additional high to extreme fire behavior. The evacuation zones included are sparsely populated and not accessible by road, adding to the need to issue the evacuation advisory to help ensure the safety of firefighters and the public. New maps will be posted on as recommendations are adjusted with fire activity. Currently, the communities of Manley Hot Springs and Minto are NOT part of these areas.

The accompanying card identifies risk areas surrounding current fire perimeters. These zones only concern the three large lights of the Bean Complex (Lights #310, #312 and #315) indicated in red on the map. People in the colored zones around the lights are advised to follow the recommended actions for each zone. On this card, the green zone indicates a “ready” state; the yellow zone indicates the “set” state; and the red area means “go”.

Ready — Work on preparing your property by creating a defensible space. Residents should clean up and move combustible materials around their homes. This may include moving or removing debris, fuel canisters, vehicles or any other ignition source near dwellings. Remove objects near the house that could trap embers and ignite a house. Keep grass, trees, or other vegetation near trimmed and cleared houses.

Together — Prepare a “starter kit” including prescription medications, emergency supplies, important documents and irreplaceable items. Plan an evacuation route and keep up to date with the latest local emergency plans. Know where to find the most up-to-date information from local authorities.

Go! — Take your “go-kit” and leave by following the planned evacuation route before the forest fire reaches your area. Cooperate with local authorities during the evacuation and re-entry processes.

Smoke limits visibility and the ability of air assets to reach all areas of the complex, impacting the ability to deliver much needed supplies and logistical support.

There are 248 people affected by these fires. The three active fires are subject to a point area protection strategy which involves taking action to protect valuable sites such as cabins, lodges and Aboriginal housing estates. Today, firefighters will identify and assess values ​​at risk along the potential trajectory of these fires and carry out spot protection work in high priority areas.

  • The Fire Hutlinana (#327) is north of the Tanana River, about 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs. It is 90% confined and patrolled by air.
  • The Tanana River Fire (#310) is at 22,985 acres. Approximately 48 structures and 4 Aboriginal housing estates could be affected by the fire. Resources continue to build up behind firing operations in the Tanana Roadhouse area, and to widen and clear vegetation from a trail for use as secondary fuel between it and Deadman’s Lake. As the fire progresses, structures are continually assessed and assessed closer to the Tanana River. This fire is north of the Tanana River, about 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs.
  • The Fire Bitzshitini (#312) is at 58,560 acres. Twelve structures are likely to be impacted by this fire. Firefighters continue to hold and improve cleanup work around cabins to the north and east of this fire, and prepare for firing operations if necessary to protect valuables at risk. This fire is located about 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs, south of the Tanana River.
  • The Fire Chitanana (#315) now encompasses the former Dragon Fire, totaling 78,671 acres. Nineteen Aboriginal structures and housing estates may be affected by this fire. The protection of structures around Mooseheart Lake is of growing concern as these combined fires maintain a steady growth pattern each day. Crews continue to clean around cabins, housing estates and other structures in the area and conduct gunnery operations as necessary.

The Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection State Forester issued an emergency burn closure order at 11:59 p.m. on July 1, 2022. It restricts any burning that requires a burn permit local or state, including unconfined cooking, warming, and signaling. fires. With the added risk of thunderstorms, it is essential to do your part to prevent further fires.

For more information, contact Bean Complex via email: [email protected]; or 907-921-2454

Other resources:

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