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Stuart Creek 2 Fire Update- July 26, 2013

Stuart Creek 2 Fire is 65 Percent Contained: Community Meeting on Fire Tonight
 
A strong push with additional crews during the past three days has boosted containment of the Stuart Creek 2 Fire to 65 percent.   Meanwhile, the Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team will hold a meeting tonight at 6:30 at the Pleasant Valley Community Center to update residents on the progress of efforts to contain the fire.  Team members and agency personnel will also be available to answer questions.

The additional containment is on the northeast corner of the fire where most of the residual heat remains.  As equipment is hauled out of the southern end of the fire residents in the Grange Hall Road area will continue to see helicopter traffic from a temporary helibase there. There are currently 412 people working on the fire, including 13 crews.

The 85,475-acre Stuart Creek 2 Fire began June 19 on a military training range 25 miles east of North Pole. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Smoke: Communities near the fire may be impacted by smoke. For information on smoke conditions and air quality, visit the Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Quality Division website at: http://co.fairbanks.ak.us/airquality/

Fire Information:  The Incident Command Post is located at the North Pole Elementary School. The public is welcome to visit or call for information about the fire.  For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://fire.ak.blm.gov or call Fire Information at (907) 356-5511.

Chena River State Recreation Area:  Facilities and access to the Chena River Recreation Area remain closed from Milepost 27 to 39 on the south side of the Chena Hot Springs Road. For information about the Chena River State Recreation Area, please call (907) 451-2695 or visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm.

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