In addition to the Shovel Creek Fire northwest of Fairbanks, other notable fires are burning in Interior Alaska:
Nugget Creek Fire
Although cooler temperatures slowed its growth, the Nugget Creek Fire in the Chena River State Recreation Area grew to 6,900 acres. However, the fire still made a three-mile run up the river and is burning in the hills near Mile 37 Chena Hot Springs Road. The Nugget Creek Fire was caused by lightning-caused and is backing down to the river. There are six personnel fighting this fire.
Drivers in the area are warned to be aware of smoky conditions and watch for fire equipment around the 37.7 mile mark. The Nugget Creek public-use cabin, Mastodon Trail and Granite Tors Trail have been closed by Alaska State Parks. Roads that access the river at miles 37.7 and 39 also are closed.
Caribou Creek Fire
About 155 personnel are working to mop up the Caribou Creek Fire, located in a remote area about 8 miles north of 18 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road. The fire was lightning-caused and was last mapped at 310 acres. It is 70% contained. Firefighters are detecting and extinguishing hot spots within a 300-foot boundary of the containment line.
Boundary River Fire
The 12,200-acre Boundary River Fire is about 9 miles from the village of Northway. A crew of 113 personnel is fighting the fire, which grew by more than 3,000 acres since June 29. The lightning-caused fire started on June 23.
Growth of the Ninetyeight Creek Fire, according to a release from Alaska Wildland Fire Information, is “holding” at 52 acres. There are 81 personnel assigned to the fire, which has been 5% contained. It is located about 30 miles up the Salcha River. The closest structure, a cabin, is about 1.5 miles away and is not considered to be in immediate danger.
The Foraker Fire has expanded by 2,391 acres since June 29. The fire, located in Denali National Park 22 miles southeast of Kantishna, is 7,535 acres. The Foraker Fire was lightning-caused and is being worked by five personnel, who are conducting site preparation. The Foraker Fire is in a low-population limited suppression area, meaning it being allowed burn largely unabated, allowing it to act in a naturally ecological role, according to Beth Ipson, spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service.