Bean Complex Reaches 85% Complete – Alaska Wildfire Information
After weeks of firefighters working to implement a point protection strategy, where structures are protected but minimal work is done on lines of control around the edge of the fire, teams have reached 85% completion of these goals. Objectives include constructing firebreaks at key locations near structures and on the northwest side of the Tanana River Fire (#310). Additionally, firefighters and aircraft have been monitoring the blazes daily for the past two weeks, looking for hot spots or pockets of heat in the ground that may influence future fire activity. Fire activity remained minimal throughout this period, aided by recoveries of high humidity overnight and rains every few days. Crew efforts will now focus on the complete removal of all remaining fire extinguishing and protection equipment on the Tanana River Fire (#310) and the Fire Chitanana (#315). Weather conditions are expected to improve for the use of helicopters and powerboats over the next few days. A hot and dry pattern is forecast for the region Thursday through Saturday before another chance of rain moves in on Sunday.
The seven fires total 196,786 acres with 173 people affected. Firefighters camp remotely near the largest fires as they work to transport extinguishing equipment and supplies.
The Tanana River Fire (#310), is 14 miles southeast of Manley Hot Springs and north of the Tanana River. Firefighters dismantle fire protection equipment and prepare it for removal from multiple locations. The fire covers 25,063 acres.
The Fire Bitzshitini (#312), is 23 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and south of the Tanana River. It is without staff and in monitor status. The fire covers 70,970 acres.
The Fire Chitinana (#315), south of the Tanana River, approximately 21 miles southeast of Tanana and 20 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs, has an area of 100,233 acres. Crews work to remove equipment from different locations on the fire.
The Fire Hutlinana (#327), is located north of the Tanana River about 10 miles east of Manley Hot Springs and spans 407 acres. It is without staff and in monitor status.
The Rock Fire (#557), is located 6 miles north of Eureka and is 1 acre. It is without staff and in monitor status.
The Elephant Fire (#561), is located 6 miles northeast of Eureka and is 110 acres. It is without staff and in monitor status.
The Cosna Bluff Fire (#564), is located 19 miles southwest of Manley Hot Springs and is 2 acres. It is without staff and in monitor status.
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