Crews Making Progress On 100-Mile Creek Fire

Mangers of the 100-Mile Creek Wildfire response are bracing for high winds.  A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the 23,000 acre fire west of Delta Junction from noon to midnight, calling for south winds gusting to 35 miles per hour, and humidity in the 25 percent range. Over 500 firefighters are assigned to the blaze and Fire Information Officer Sarah Sarloos says a lot of work has been done.

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“The amount of firefighters that we’ve had in there the last week, they’ve been able to really establish some strong control lines on the north end of the fire. With today’s wind, it will test those lines, but the fire operations are feeling confident that those lines will hold,” she said.

The 100-Mile Creek Fire is about 20 miles west of Delta Junction, but the scar from last summer’s Mississippi Wildfire is between it and the city. The Whitestone Farms Community to the northeast is also buffered. Sarloos says much of firefighters work has been focused on protecting private properties on the fire’s west side.

“There are some recreational homes and cabins that we’ve been at and doing structure protection and structure assessment,” she said.

Sarloos says the work around the homes, which are located in the Remington Clearwater area, has been completed.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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