Alaska Fire August 2, 2019 Update

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ALASKA FIRE UPDATE AUGUST 2, 2019

The Alaska Fire northeast of Springville Utah, started at around 10:30 PM on July 30, 2019.   It was human caused and the details are currently still under investigation. The fire is approximately 489 acres and is currently about 35% contained. 

Yesterday, firefighters were successful securing firelines along the fire perimeter and mopping hot spots on the north, west, and south flanks.  An illegal drone was spotted over the fire in the morning, which shut down air operations and delayed firefighting efforts due to safety concerns for an hour.  Wednesday’s rain really helped things, and after yesterday’s work on the ground, only a little light smoke was visible on the fire by afternoon.

The plan for today is for hand crews supported by one helicopter to continue securing and monitoring the firelines and mop up accessible hot spots.  Firefighters are using direct and indirect suppression techniques. The eastern flank of the fire is burning mid-slope in extremely steep and rocky terrain.  Due to the risks to firefighters, ground crews will not be directly deployed on the steep slope on this part of the fire.  Instead, indirect tactics utilizing natural fuel breaks are being used. 

A section of the Bonneville Shoreline trail below the fire is closed to the public between Slate Canyon and Little Rock Canyon. There are no other closures associated with this fire.

Resources: 3 Hand Crews, 4 engines, 1 type 3 helicopter

     

Fire crew hiking to the fireline

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