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Contact Creek Fire

Unit Information

Katmai National Park and Preserve
National Park Service
PO Box 7 King Salmon Alaska 99613
King Salmon, AK 99613

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An updated map of the Contact Creek Fire from June 6th at 1:40 pm.Image options: [ Full Size ]

 The Contact Creek Fire (#151), burning 40 miles southeast of King Salmon, started on May 29, 2022. The fire continues to be monitored by National Park Service and Division of Forestry personnel as it burns in a limited management area in Katmai National Park & Preserve. 

The fire is burning 17 miles from the nearest native allotment. Crews wrapped a Remote Automated Weather System (RAWS) in protective structure wrap to reduce the impacts of the fire if it should it reach the weather system.

Gathered from aerial observations on June 3rd, roughly 70% of the fire perimeter is inactive with creeks 6-10 feet wide halting growth of the fire. The entire north and northeast sections of the fire perimeter look to be held up by creeks of this size, and areas in the perimeter still burning are expected to hit streams of similar size within the next few days. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday May 29th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Location40 miles southeast of King Salmon
Incident DescriptionThe Contact Creek Fire (#151), burning 38 miles southeast of King Salmon and adjacent to Lake Brooks, started on May 29, 2022. The fire is 17 miles from the nearest native allotment. The fire continues to be monitored by National Park Service and Alaska Division of Forestry personnel as it burns in a limited management area in Katmai National Park & Preserve.
Coordinates58.219 latitude, -155.966 longitude

Current Situation

Size10,321 Acres
Fuels Involved

tundra,

grass and mixed fuels

Significant Events

Note: This will be the final fire update until fire behavior is observed or until the fires are declared out.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continued periodic aerial monitoring and mapping using satellite imagery. Note: Frequency of monitoring flights by Alaska Division of Forestry personnel is anticipated to be approximately one flight per week based on observed and expected fire growth and the proximity of values at risk.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Despite areas of morning fog and scattered clouds, building high pressure over Southwest should help to promote clear skies later this afternoon and evening. Clear and dry conditions are forecast into Wednesday with minimal precipitation chances. Northerly winds of 15-20 mph will develop this afternoon from Sparrevohn to Iliamna before diminishing later tonight. Light winds will become widespread by Wednesday. No precipitation is forecast in the next 5 days.

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