Alaska Fire August 3, 2019 Update


The Alaska Fire southeast of Provo Utah, started on the night of 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 50% contained.   The burned area of the Alaska fire is closed to all public access until further notice to prevent vegetation trampling, soil erosion, propagation of unofficial braided routes and protection of the watershed.  

Yesterday, firefighters were successful securing and monitoring the fire perimeter and mopping hot spots on the north, west, and south flanks.  The fire is creeping and smoldering, and observed fire activity was minimal throughout the day with no growth and only a little light interior smoke visible in the afternoon.

 Firefighter and public safety remain top priorities. The eastern flank of the Alaska 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. 

Isolated areas of smoke and perhaps a few small flames may be seen within the interior and on the eastern or upper edge of the fire over the next few weeks.  Please do not report this expected fire activity. Local firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the fire.  Resources:  about 90 firefighters; 3 Hand Crews, 2 engines, 1 type 3 helicopter


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