A new fire has been reported along the Alaska Highway in the Northern DOF region – Alaska Wildland Fire Information
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A new fire has been reported along the Alaska Highway in the Northern DOF region – Alaska Wildland Fire Information

House Active forest fire A new fire has been reported along the Alaska Highway in the DOF Northern Region.

A new fire has been reported along the Alaska Highway in the Northern DOF region – Alaska Wildland Fire Information
An aerial view of the Sam Creek 2 (#359) fire on Monday, July 9. The fire was located between the Alaska Highway and the Tanana River.

This is a report of fires occurring in the northern Division of Alaska Forestry & Fire Protection conservation areas, generally north of the Alaska Range. These include the Fairbanks, Delta Junction, and Tok Prevention DOF areas.

Monday evening, state police reported a new fire near MP 1369 Alaska Highway, about eight miles west of Dot Lake Village. This is a Full Response area. Multiple DOF resources responded to the scene, including two helicopters with a helicopter, engines and engine crews. Sam Creek 2 Fire (#359). Bucket drops were used to cool the fire while a containment line was constructed. The fire is mapped at half an acre. Resources remained on the fire throughout the night.

In this photo you can see a firefighter standing in a partially burned forest area
A DOF firefighter at Sam Creek 2 Fire (#359) “leaves cold marks” along the edge of the fire, a method of finding residual heat in the black with his bare hand. Cold marks are a technique taught to be performed safely during basic forest firefighter training.

Rain has spread overnight across the region, except for the SE Interior. Light rain is expected today in the Southern Interior and Yukon Flats, with heavier precipitation expected in the Central Interior. Temperatures will be cooler than normal on Tuesday, but expect temperatures to rise on Wednesday as skies clear up a bit.

No regional smoke is expected unless fire activity increases.

This is a DOF fire map in the northern region
Public Information Map of New and Active Fires in the DOF Northern Region as of Monday, July 8, 2024. Click on the map to download a PDF to enlarge or print.

Additionally Sam Creek 2 Fire (#359)As of Monday, July 8, there was one fire station remaining in the DOF North region.

Gold King Creek Fire (#276) – 46 miles south of Fairbanks in a restricted response area. Incident commanders conducted a helicopter reconnaissance flight to view Fire 276 Monday. An unmanned aerial system (UAS/drone) was also used to gather imagery of the fire. A handover of command back to the local unit is planned for Tuesday, July 9, as resources prepare to demobilize. The fire has minimal development. Currently, 36 personnel are assigned. A temporary flight restriction is in effect over the Gold King Creek Fire to ensure the safe operation of firefighting aircraft. Pilots should check here before flying in the area.

This photo shows a bird's eye view of a fire burn in a forested area
Drone photo of the Gold King Creek fire taken on Monday, July 8.
‹ More rain is expected as crews return equipment to the Grapefruit complex

Categories: Active Forest Fire, Alaska DNR – Division of Forestry (DOF)

Tags: Alaska Fire Season 2024, Alaska Division of Forestry, Gold King Creek Fire, Northern Region, Sam Creek 2 Fire