The Hess Creek Fire started June 21, 2019 by lightning moving through the area. It quickly spread through the dry black spruce. The Southern Idaho Type 3 Team took control of the fire on Tues. July 9. Objectives from the agency include:
Crews observed minimal fire behavior today with only minor smoke drifting up from the interior. Thick cloud cover and high relative humidity prevented an increase in fire activity. As of today, the Hess Creek Fire has burned just over 271 square miles, about one quarter the size of Rhode Island. The Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted Friday to allow for other aircraft in the area. However, a helicopter remains on hand should activity increase, and aerial resources are needed.
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday June 21st, 2019 approx. 08:15 PM|
|Location||29 miles southeast of Steven's Village, AK|
|Incident Commander||Willy Watsabaugh, Wyoming Type 3 Incident Mgt. Team 2|
|Coordinates||65.699 latitude, -148.359 longitude|
|Estimated Containment Date||Wednesday July 31st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (grass and understory), Tall grass (2.5 feet), black spruce and hardwood
Moderate activity, creeping, smoldering, and isolated torching.
Continue to monitor, provide point protection, and confine fire north of the Elliott and Dalton Highway corridors. Continue short and long term strategy for management of the fire. Continue securing spot fire on the south side of the Elliot Highway. Continuing prep work along the highway corridors in preparation for possible burnout operations.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Expect increased fire growth with rising temperatures, decreased relative humidity, and high pressure building. The fire is near the mining camps and structures, in and around, Livengood. Fire continues to be active on the northeast corner.
Wyoming Type 3 Team 2, Willy Watsabaugh IC, assumed command of the fire at 0700 on July 21, 2019
A warming trend for temperatures expected to begin today. Relative humidity values are expected to decrease throughout the early portions of the week, as high pressure builds into the Interior. Chance for isolated thunderstorms for eastern and southern portions of the Interior are expected for Tuesday.