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Contact: Mary McBurney, 907-781-2218
Northern portions of the Currant Creek Fire has been active during this period of hot, dry weather and two NPS fire personnel were dispatched yesterday to install a weather station on Currant Creek and monitor the fire from the ground. Portable weather station NPSW is now operating at Currant Creek and weather data can be accessed online at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/wx/
As of this morning, the most active portion of the fire has burned to the shore of Lake Clark and is moving away from Currant Creek following the shoreline and available burnable vegetation. Another section of the fire is gradually burning toward Currant Creek and is expected to reach the northeast side of the creek later today. At this time, there is little chance of the fire crossing to the south side of Currant Creek and threatening private property.
More accurate mapping of fire perimeter by aerial surveillance showed it had increased to 1648.4 acres, more than double the 779 acres reported on July 3 from the last detailed mapping effort. The fire perimeter had not been accurately updated since July 3. While some of the increased acreage is due to recent fire activity, additional growth can be attributed to creeping and smoldering fire behavior over the past few weeks.
The weather trend for the next several days is predicted to be warm and dry with a low chance of precipitation. Occasional