Chena Hot Springs Road Kanuti Fire Update
The Kanuti (name change from the original Kaouti) Fire that started around mile 17 of Chena Hot Springs Road on the afternoon of June 17 is an estimated 120 acres. There are no evacuations in place and no structures have burned in the fire. Traffic is allowed in both directions on Chena Hot Springs Road; however, depending on fire activity today, there could be unplanned delays. People are asked to maintain awareness of their surroundings at all times when in the mile 15-17 vicinity, and to drive slowly around firefighters and equipment working along the road.
The fire is burning in a populated area, and in some cases, very near to homes. It was a big effort yesterday to knock it down and start to secure it on Monday evening. While progress has been made, there is still fire on the landscape. People are asked to please stay out of area that had fire in it or is burning as conditions may be unsafe; stay out of the way of firefighters so that they can continue to make progress. Firefighters will work today to secure fireline around the fire.
A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place and pilots are advised to check NOTAMS.
It is expected to be another hot, dry day and conditions could change quickly and new fires can start. While we are making progress on the fire, it is important that residents still consider emergency planning measures. Information about emergency planning can be found in the Wildland Fire Guide at http://forestry.alaska.gov/pdfs/Alaska_Wildland_Fire_Guide_2013.pdf on page 7.
Alaska Division of Forestry will be providing new information throughout the day. The primary source for fire information will continue to be http://fire.ak.blm.gov.
Posted: June 19, 2013