3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709
The lightning-caused Nugget Creek Fire started on June 21, 2019 approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks in the area of 30 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Air attack responded and reported a 150-acre burning in black spruce approximately 2 miles from Chena Hot Springs Road on the south side of the river. The fire plotted in a Limited protection area near the South Fork Chena River. No resources were threatened and the fire was placed in monitor status.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday June 21st, 2019 approx. 11:00 PM|
|Location||35 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska|
|Coordinates||64.874 latitude, -146.555 longitude|
The fire is predominately burning in Alaska forest fuels consisting of black spruce and mixed hardwoods, including birch, aspen and white spruce. Fire scars exist to the west and east which will potentially limit the spread of the fire to in those directions if the fire reaches those areas.
The Nugget Creek Fire has grown to 18,115 based on satellite imagery obtained on July 18, 2019. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire from the air and ground.
The fire remains south of Chena Hot Springs Road and the Chena River. It has crossed the South Fork Chena River five miles south of Chena Hot Springs Road where it is backing slowly into the 2013 Stuart Creek Fire scar. The road is open. There are six firefighters in two engines monitoring the fire from the road. The firefighters are camping in the area to be able to respond quickly if the fire does cross the river and approach the road.
Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire from the air and ground to ensure it does not threaten to cross the Chena River and approach Chena Hot Springs Road.
Smoke from the fire will continue to be visible from Chena Hot Springs Road. Signs have been set up along the road cautioning motorists to use caution and slow down in the fire area. Information boards have been set up in the community of Pleasant Valley and along Chena Hot Springs Road to provide information to local residents, people recreating in the Chena River State Recreation Area and tourists traveling to and from Chena Hot Springs Resort.
High pressure started building back into the
Interior late yesterday and will continue its presence today. This means another warm, dry day for Interior Alaska. This axis of this ridge will slide to the northeast tomorrow and allow for some instability to work its way into the Interior. This means thunderstorms will be back in the forecast this week. As the ridge moves north, the southern Interior will first see thunderstorm activity tomorrow, then most of the Interior Wednesday as the ridge relinquishes its hold.
Temperatures will continue to be warm as the ridge moves north, though its movement will allow temperatures to cool some for the
southern Interior. With high pressure in the area, no significant precipitation is in the forecast and any thunderstorms will not
be able to provide wetting rains. Winds will also be light and variable under this ridge, with speed and direction driven by local and diurnal effects.