Firefighters on the Idaho Bar Fire (#555), east of Rampart, anticipate they will complete the time-consuming mop-up process Sunday. They did a thorough search for hotspots, starting along the fire’s perimeter and working into the burned area approximately 200 feet, and found only two. Crews are also coordinating the return of excess equipment and supplies from the fireline and the village of Rampart to the supply cache in Fairbanks.
On the northern part of the complex, the Columbine Wildland Fire Module flew an unmanned aerial system (UAS, aka drone) over the Prospect Fire (#494), where they didn't detect any hotspots, and the MM 125 Fire (#441), where they detected two. The crew will conduct a UAS mission over the Douglas Fire (#336) on Sunday. The UAS collects images and infrared data that help firefighters determine how much surface heat remains in the burned area.
Six firefighters rappelled into the Gold Pan Fire (#565) to further assess hotspots detected during Friday’s aerial reconnaissance. They will also establish a helispot and verify the fire perimeter. Air resources continue to benefit from weather conducive for flying and are conducting reconnaissance missions and assisting with removal of tools, supplies, and communications equipment no longer needed for the suppression effort.
The Fish Fire (##319), Little Salt Fire (#521), Milepost Fire (#317), Montana Gulch Fire (#556), Prospect Fire (#494), and Tozitna Fire (#543) have all been fully contained.
Dalton Highway Complex (89,100 acres): The acreage total includes all fires in the Dalton Highway Complex. The largest or most active fires in the complex are:
Fire Weather: A brief warming trend continues through Monday as ridging remains over the Yukon Territory and along the Alaskan Canadian border. Relative humidity will decrease to the upper 30s, and temperatures will hold steady in the 70s. The chance of rain increases Monday night and Tuesday as the front shifts east, and much cooler temperatures are predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday as moist air from the west coast low shifts inland.
Closures: Arctic Circle Campground is closed due to firefighting activity. Arctic Circle Wayside (sign location) is open.
Public Safety: When driving on the Dalton Highway, use caution, have patience with the firefighting effort, and always drive with headlights on. The road is narrow; pulling over to stop on the shoulder is discouraged.
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For information on all the fires in Alaska, visit Alaska Wildland Fire Information.