Monday, May 30, 2011

Fire Update: Moose Mountain contained, new fire begins

The Washington Creek fire was a small fire reported on May 29th.

Moose mountain fire (#160) at 100% containment as of Saturday morning May 28, 2011. Mop up of the fire continues and will be transitioning from a Type II to Type III team.

We are on Reconstruction which is near the bottom center of the map.

A new fire reported at approximately Noon on May 30th, 2011. This fire is approximately 6 miles northwest of of Murphy Dome Road in the Chatanika area. This fire is south of the Chatanika River. There is also a large fire break along Murphy Dome Road. Initial attack is underway, we see and hear planes and helicopters heading to and from the fire. The initial cause is lightning. We had some showers and thunder in the area yesterday.

We have some other larger fires in Healy and Delta that is contributing to some smokey and hazy conditions. Over 30,000 acres so far this year. Stay tuned to for details.

This new fire is called the Hastings fire. It is up to 150 acres.

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