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Army official: Artillery drill started Stuart Creek wildfire
Newsminer ^ | July 6, 2013 9:27 pm | Sam Friedman

Posted on 07/07/2013 12:40:24 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar

TWO RIVERS, Alaska — An Army artillery exercise ignited the Stuart Creek 2 fire now threatening the community of Two Rivers, according to the Fort Wainwright garrison commander.

Col. Ron Johnson spoke to area residents this evening at a community meeting at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.

In general, the Army makes sure it has the resources to put out a fire that could start from training before allowing the training, he said.

“In this case it took some mitigation measures, they allowed the training to occur, it was artillery training, it did start a fire,” Johnson said.

The fire, which started June 25, was initially contained until it flared up last week, Johnson said. The training took place during a red flag warning in which residents are asked to avoid conducting activities that could start fires, he said. “It was monitored, it smoked up, they hit it again and then when the fire conditions changed it flared up and now we’ve got what we’ve got,” Johnson said.

Saturday’s meeting was organized by the firefighting crew now managing the 32,014-acre fire to give information to the Chena Hot Springs Road community that’s been under an advisory evacuation watch since Tuesday.

Johnson was not a scheduled speaker at the meeting but took the microphone to applause and laughter when a local resident asked “If the military started this fire, then why aren’t they here?”

ains on evacuation watch. Warm weather is forecast for Sunday, as is wind that would blow the fire toward the community.


TOPICS: Local News; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: alaska; tworivers; wildfire

1 posted on 07/07/2013 12:40:24 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

FAIRBANKS—The Stuart Creek fire south of Two Rivers has grown to 50,000 acres, with most of the growth occurring to the south and east — away from populated areas.

An evacuation watch remains in effect, however, for the area of mile 14 to mile 32 of Chena Hot Springs Road.

Cooler temperatures, higher humidity and lighter winds were expected to aid firefighters Wednesday, according to the daily update from the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

“Smokejumpers, retardant tankers and military helicopters continue to attack the fire,” the update reads. “In addition, crews have begun positioning pumps and hoses to protect structures ahead of the fire.”

The fire began on military land and has spread to state land, prompting the closure of several access points in the Chena River State Recreation Area.
Also Wednesday, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Division of Animal Control has set up an emergency animal shelter at the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds. The shelter will accept animals from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the evacuation watch. People can bring livestock, dogs and cats.

The emergency shelter can be reached through the back gate, by the livestock barns. People should be prepared to help care for their animals while at the shelter, according to a notice a borough notice.

People who are available to help move animals or volunteer at the emergency shelter are asked to email their contact information and the service they can provide to provide to helprescue@fnsb.us.

An evacuation watch is not an evacuation order. An evacuation watch is an advisory given to warn people of the possibility of an evacuation order.
Elsewhere, crews continue making progress on the Skinny’s Road fire, aided by cooler temperatures and some rainfall. Crews continue enlarging the fire line and extinguishing hot spots within the fire’s perimeter, according to a news release Wednesday from the Incident Management Team from the Oregon Department of Forestry that has been brought up to handle the fire.
Motorists in the area will still encounter roadblocks and pilot cars on the Parks Highway near mile 328.

The fire is 55 percent contained. The fire’s size is now listed at 1,806 acres, a change due to improved mapping.

More than 470 firefighters are working on the fire, supported by several fire engines and bulldozers, helicopters, and water tenders, according to the news release.

http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/stuart-creek-fire-at-acres/article_1634f6a4-e42e-11e2-8ec4-0019bb30f31a.html


2 posted on 07/07/2013 12:42:10 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Kathy in Alaska; cracker45; Tainan; Jet Jaguar; SENTINEL; redpoll; ArmyTeach; Eska; hattend; ...

Fairbanks, Eielson, Fort Wainwright ping.


3 posted on 07/07/2013 12:44:21 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thread Bump.


4 posted on 07/07/2013 12:48:45 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thank you Cindy.


5 posted on 07/07/2013 12:52:25 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

You’re very welcome Jet Jaguar.


6 posted on 07/07/2013 1:21:56 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Now less than 8 miles from my house.

And the winds are blowing smoke back here again.


7 posted on 07/07/2013 1:25:37 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
Big fire....hope they can get it partially contained before it reaches habitation.


8 posted on 07/07/2013 1:39:12 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Jet Jaguar

Oh no...changed direction again?


9 posted on 07/07/2013 1:40:54 AM PDT by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; Jet Jaguar

Stay safe up there! Get your bug out bags ready to go!


10 posted on 07/07/2013 1:43:45 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Thanks for the ping. Stay safe.

Been 38 yrs since I busted trail up in there, but I do remember the tundra fires that would flare up every year. Go dormant in the winter then come back as the summer heat came back.
11 posted on 07/07/2013 1:54:23 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Is it just me? Or is this a difficult read. I haven’t slept in 24 hours. Probably me.


12 posted on 07/07/2013 5:58:24 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Bttt.

5.56mm

13 posted on 07/07/2013 6:43:03 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Jet Jaguar

Burns, as much a part of Alaska as the caribou & moose. Smoke in Eagle too; mosquitoes are worse this year. And the wife keeps asking me why I keep homeowners, probably the only one in town with insurance. Have the Hot Shots set up sprayers all over your house yet? Thats when ya know it might burn through. The Indians always tell me the Village Fire Crews got to work too.


14 posted on 07/07/2013 7:23:15 AM PDT by Eska
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To: Eska

No sprayers around the housing here yet.


15 posted on 07/07/2013 11:31:30 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Conspiracy Guy
Is it just me? Or is this a difficult read. I haven’t slept in 24 hours. Probably me.

I think you need a nap CG.

FRegards.

16 posted on 07/07/2013 11:43:19 AM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Squantos

The Air Force would never do something like this.


17 posted on 07/07/2013 11:48:22 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: houeto

Slept 4 hours and I feel much better.


18 posted on 07/07/2013 2:11:46 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (To stay calm during these tumultuous times, I take Damitol. Ask your Doctor if it's right for you.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I told you I was sorry .....


19 posted on 07/07/2013 3:42:01 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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