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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

07/22/2019 Shovel Creek Fire Update July 22
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News - 07/22/2019
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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.

Back-haul materials and supplies and implement repair/rehabilitation consistent with Agency standards and in coordination with READs.

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 Personnel412
Size21,309 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained51%
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. Continue back haul operations where applicable.

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: Partly cloudy skies are expected. Max RH's should reach 85% while mid temperatures will fall to lower 50's. Wind should diminish to light and variable after 2200 ADT.

24 hours: High pressure and mainly clear skies will keep the trend of increasing temperatures going with afternoon highs reaching near 80 degrees. Winds will be light again and remain out of the west. Relative humidity will continue to trend downward with minimum daytime values falling to near 35%.

48: Afternoon high temperatures will be the highest today reaching near 83 degrees while corresponding RH values fall to near 30%. Winds will be light and out of the west or terrain driven.

72 hours: A very gradual trend of lower temperatures begin today. Highs will get to the upper 70's while minimum RH trend upward to more seasonal values of near 40%. West winds will remain light with some areas more terrain driven. Air-mass instability increases on Wednesday with a return of possible shower activity during the afternoon.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Lower temperatures, improved RH, better nighttime recoveries across the fire area.

Remarks

Today's illness is a confirmed case of influenza.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Clearing skies allowed temperatures to rise to the lower 70's across the entire perimeter. The higher temperatures promoted lower RH values which fell to near 50. Westerly winds were light this afternoon ranging from 3 to 6 mph with gusts to 12 mph.