Alaska Fire Service - Upper Yukon Zone
Bureau of Land Management
P.O. Box 35005
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
(FAIRBANKS, Alaska) – The Isom Creek Fire (#187) is expected to be less active today as cool, rainy weather moves into the area. Crews are ready to conduct burnout operations, but they will have to wait for dry conditions to return. Firefighters will likely continue mop up on the perimeter through the weekend. Several crews were released from the fire for redeployment to other incidents; seven crews remain, in addition to engines and air support.
Five crews are working on the east side of the fire finished cutting the indirect fireline, between the Yukon River and a high ridge near milepost 46 on the Dalton Highway. Today, they aim to keep the active fire front in check and continue to improve the perimeter line. The west side of the fire has little activity and the perimeter line is secured by seeking and extinguishing all hot spots to a width of 300 feet. Native allotments and structures in the river corridor are secured and mopped up.
The Zigzag Hotshots recently joined La Grande Hotshots on the southeast side of the fire. Both crews are from the U.S. Forest Service, based in Oregon. While waiting for an opportunity to complete the burnout, they are reinforcing the containment line and continuing mop up to keep the fire north and east of the Dalton Highway. Unless burnout operations are completed or a more direct line is developed and secured, the eastern edge of the fire will remain a threat for potential spread when warm, dry weather returns. Fire managers are determining how much heat remains in the fire edge, with cool, damp weather over the area.
The Dalton Highway remains open to travel, with traffic control as needed for smoke conditions or in support of firefighting efforts. Drivers need to use extreme caution between mileposts 34-62 by driving slowly with headlights on. Be prepared for low visibility, firefighting personnel and equipment along the roadway. Do not stop on the highway. Please use turnouts outside of mileposts 34-62.
The Five Mile Campground near the Yukon Bridge on the Dalton Highway remains closed to public access; it is reserved for crews fighting the Isom Creek Fire. The Yukon River Camp north of the Yukon River Bridge at milepost 56 is open for food, fuel and lodging.
The fire reached the Trans-Alaska Pipeline; however, it is not damaged as it was designed to withstand wildfires. A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) remains in place over the fire and some of the surrounding area to provide a safe operating environment for firefighting aircraft. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov for more information on the TFR.