Wildfire Near Chena Hot Springs Road Prompts Massive Response

Graphic courtesy of NOAA.
Graphic courtesy of NOAA.

A wildfire east of Fairbanks is drawing a massive air and ground response. The Kanuti fire started in a neighborhood off Chena Hot Springs Road, near Mile 17.

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State Division of Forestry spokeswoman Maggie Rogers says things are going well.

“We continue to have no evacuations,” Rogers said. “We continue to have no structures lost, and the fire is an estimated 120 acres.”

“It’s not contained, but they’re gonna be working on that today.”

Chena Hot Springs Road is open, but Rodgers warns there could be traffic delays depending on fire and suppression activities, which are occurring on both sides of the road. Rodgers says the Kanuti fire is human caused but could not provide details, as an investigation is underway.

She says numerous wild fires are being responded to as hot dry windy conditions persist. Red Flag warnings for extreme fire danger are in effect for much of the state south of the Brooks Range and Rogers encourages Alaskans to be ready.

“Creating defensive space around their home, it’s important that rehearse evacuation plans with family members,” Rogers said. “People with dog teams and horses and other things like that, it’s always good to not only plan for your family, but plan for your pets as well.”

Rogers also recommends clearly marking your home’s address, identifying any alternative routes out of your neighborhood and having non-local phone contact who can relay fire information if the power goes out.