East Fork Fire Activity Moderates

first_imgThe fire experienced cool temperatures and high relative humidity but no precipitation fell over the fire area. Similar weather is forecasted for today with a warming and drying trend predicted for the weekend. A tentatively planned burnout operation is an option to help manage the fire and ensure a secure eastern and southern perimeter. If the fire activity continues to moderate and the objectives are being met, then there will be no need for a burnout. The lightning-caused fire remains approximately 1,016 acres and currently has 147 personnel assigned. The fire is in a limited protection area about 4.5 miles north of the Sterling Highway and 3.5 miles east of the nearest residential area. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The recent rain and the current weather conditions have dramatically moderated fire behavior on the East Fork Fire burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This work is being done to prepare the area for the burnout operation in case the fire becomes active again and threatens the Sterling Highway and community of Sterling. North Star Crew working on the East Fork Fire break on 6-21. Photo Credit: Lakota Burwell Firefighters will continue to improve the fuel break that runs from the fire’s southwest corner, about 2 ½ miles south to the ENSTAR natural gas pipeline. Crews are also working to lay fire hose along the fire break and the pipeline easement. Fire officials plan to fly the fire with an infrared camera to search for areas of heat. This will give fire personnel an idea of how much heat is still within the fire area and on the eastern and southern perimeters. Fire management’s main objectives continue to be to minimize the impact on values at risk on the south end of the fire and the natural gas pipeline corridor to the southeast, as well as keep the fire east of the East Fork of the Moose River.last_img read more