The lightning-caused Nugget Creek Fire started on June 21, 2019 approximately 35 miles east of Fairbanks in the area of 30 Mile Chena Hot Springs Road in the Chena River State Recreation Area. Air attack responded and reported a 150-acre burning in black spruce approximately 2 miles from Chena Hot Springs Road on the south side of the river. The fire plotted in a Limited protection area near the South Fork Chena River. No resources were threatened and the fire was placed in monitor status.
Date of Origin:
Friday June 21st, 2019 approx. 11:00 PM
35 miles east of Fairbanks, Alaska
The fire is predominately burning in Alaska forest fuels consisting of black spruce and mixed hardwoods, including birch, aspen and white spruce. Fire scars exist to the west and east which will potentially limit the spread of the fire to in those directions if the fire reaches those areas.
The Nugget Creek Fire has grown to 18,970 based on flight information from July 23, 2019. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire from the air and ground.
The fire remains south of Chena Hot Springs Road and the Chena River. It has crossed the South Fork Chena River five miles south of Chena Hot Springs Road where it is backing slowly into the 2013 Stuart Creek Fire scar. The road is open. There are six firefighters in two engines monitoring the fire from the road. The firefighters are camping in the area to be able to respond quickly if the fire does cross the river and approach the road.
Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire from the air and ground to ensure it does not threaten to cross the Chena River and approach Chena Hot Springs Road, as well as engaging in rehab efforts along the Mastodon trail.
Smoke from the fire will continue to be visible from Chena Hot Springs Road. Signs have been set up along the road cautioning motorists to use caution and slow down in the fire area. Information boards have been set up in the community of Pleasant Valley and along Chena Hot Springs Road to provide information to local residents, people recreating in the Chena River State Recreation Area and tourists traveling to and from Chena Hot Springs Resort.
Temperatures expected to remain below 70, and RH above 40% through the weekend most areas. Wetting rain occurred yesterday, or will occur today and tonight, over most of the Interior. On Sat, Isolated PM thunderstorms will develop east of Fairbanks to Galbraith Lake and from Denali to McGrath to Anvik. Sun PM will see isolated thunderstorms near a line from Northway to Ambler.
Fire Unit Information
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709