UPDATE 1 – June 24, 2019 – Monday
Incident Summary | A wildfire named the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE was ignited by lightning on June 21, 2019, is burning about 3 miles north of Murphy Dome and 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska in the Fairbanks Area Zone in the AK Department of Forestry lands.
Resources | Command is currently under the direction of an IMT Type 2 (AK Green Team) which took over at 0700 hours this morning. There are 146 total fire personnel along with 5 crews and one helicopter. More are on order and en route to assist.
FIRE FACT | There were 24 new wildfires that ignited on Sunday, June 23rd
Current Status | The IC has requested additional resources that include water scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and smoke jumpers for initial attack on the fire.
High Valued Assets | Fire managers are working closely with Incident Cooperators to address vital high assets in the area that include primary homes and private properties in Martin, Lincoln and McCloud subdivisions along the Chatanika River corridor. Additionally, they are looking to protect Department of Defense (DOD) infrastructure on Murphy Dome and native allotments west of the fire.
Incident Cooperators | Incident Cooperators include the Fairbanks North Star Burough, Department of Emergency Services, AK DOF, BLM AK Fire Service and the Chena Goldstream Fire Department.
FIRE FACT | Of the 24 new wildfires, 2 of them are Large Incidents (Big Fires)
Air Quality | Smoke is expected to blow into Fairbanks in the next few weeks.
Damage Assessments | 650 acres of timber destroyed. 0% containment status. The total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment is $747,000.00.
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