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Shovel Creek Fire

Unit Information

Fairbanks Area
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709

Incident Contact

Shovel Creek Fire Info
Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.gov
Phone: 907-347-6801
Hours: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Highlighted Activity

07/19/2019 Shovel Creek Fire Update July 19
Shovel Creek Fire Update –Friday, July 19, 2019 @ 7:00 a.m. Bob Fry, Incident Commander Fire Information: 907-347-6801Web: www.akfireinfo.com Email: 2019.ShovelCreek@firenet.govFacebook:...
News - 07/19/2019
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The Shovel Creek Fire (#319) was started by lightning on June 21 and is located 3 miles north of Murphy Dome, about 20 miles northwest of Fairbanks. Depending on weather conditions, smoke from this fire may drift into the Fairbanks and surrounding areas in the coming weeks. The fire started in a Full Protection Area and the Division of Forestry ordered water-scooping aircraft, air retardant tankers and smokejumpers for initial attack. Burning in continuous black spruce, the fire grew quickly and was estimated to be 300 acres on the first evening. The Northern Rockies Team 6, led by Incident Commander Bob Fry, assumed command of the incident on July 15 at 6pm.

The objectives for the incident include:

Hold the fire perimeter, mop up to the extent necessary to reduce the likelihood of escape based on firefighter experience, terrain, fuel type, and both current and expected fire behavior and weather in the following locations:
• Chatanika River south to Murphy Dome through the Hard Luck fire scar.
• Murphy Dome east to the Martin subdivision.
• Martin subdivision north to the Chatanika River.

Identify and repair damage that has resulted from fire suppression activities, to prevent the long term
environmental degradation of the land and its natural resources, and to encourage recovery.

Respond to Initial Attack within the WFDSS planning area with a coordinated effort
with Alaska, Fairbanks Area Forestry for the Shovel Creek Fire. Provide Initial Attack support to the local
jurisdictions outside of the planning area when requested.


A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place in the air space over the fire. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMS at https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_9_0263.html

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning/natural
Date of OriginFriday June 21st, 2019 approx. 05:22 PM
Location20 miles NW of Fairbanks
Incident CommanderNRCC Team 6 Fry
Coordinates64.987 latitude, -148.415 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel470
Size21,298 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday July 30th, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber(Grass and Understory)

Brush (2 feet)

Narrative: The primary fuel model is thick black spruce and mixed hardwoods on the slopes. Along the ridgetops the fuel transitions into open tundra and brush fuel types. Riparian fuel types are common along the Chatanika River, mostly consisting of mixed hardwoods, with grassy openings and bogs.

Significant Events

Minimal

Creeping

Smoldering

Isolated Torching

Outlook

Planned Actions

Hold the fire perimeter, mop up to the extent necessary to reduce the likelihood of escape based on firefighter experience, terrain, fuel type, and both current and expected fire behavior and weather in the following locations: Chatanika River south to Murphy Dome through the Hard Luck fire scar; Murphy Dome east to the Martin subdivision; Martin subdivision north to the Chatanika River.

Identify and repair damage that has resulted from fire suppression activities, to prevent the long term environmental degradation of the land and its natural resources, and to encourage recovery.

Respond to Initial Attack within the WFDSS planning area through a coordinated effort with Alaska, Fairbanks Area Forestry for the Shovel Creek Fire. Provide Initial Attack support to the local jurisdictions outside of the planning area when requested.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Tonight will be a bit unique in that over the ridges, winds could remain gusty and keep humidities from recovering as much as the rest of the past week. For the majority of the fire though, showers will wane and we will see another night of great recoveries and light winds.

24 hours: Saturday will be the windiest day in awhile. West winds could gust as high as 25 mph over the higher elevations. These winds will be mitigated by a cool and moist airmass.

48: Sunday will start to see higher pressure building in. This will bring a return to warmer and drier conditions with little to no precipitation expected. Temperatures could climb into the mid to upper 70's.

72 hours: Monday will be a continuation of the warm and dry conditions as the ridge moves right overhead of the fire area. This ridge will also suppress any shower or thunderstorm development.

Anticipated after 72 hours: A westerly wind will bring cooler temperatures, higher RH, good nighttime recoveries across the fire area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today was another partly cloudy day with plenty of moisture. As soon as the sun broke through the clouds, showers and thundershowers started to pop. Once again, like Wednesday, parts of the fire got a wetting rain (>0.10 inches). Temperatures warmed into the 70's, while minimum humidities touched near 50%.