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Contact: Pat Sanders, 907-547-2233
Contact: Morgan Warthin, 907-644-3418
Eagle, Alaska — Smoke filled skies persist in the area due to an inversion, with temperatures in the high 80 degree range and little wind. River travelers and hunters can expect reduced visibility and degraded air quality conditions as weather patterns remain in the area.
The Paddle Fire continues to be very active and is burning north and northeast. The fire grew approximately 11 miles overnight based on satellite derived heat detection system. An accurate acreage is not available at the current time due to smoky conditions and poor visibility. The fire moved within approximately 500 yards of a repeater site and CL215 Water Scoopers dropped water near the site to slow advancement and intensity. Smokejumpers will create defensible space around a private residence some 2 miles east and south of the fire when conditions permit entry. Fire managers will continue to manage the fire and provide for structure protection.
The Takoma Breaks Fire which was discovered on July 29 is slowly burning in a previous burn area. It is being monitored. The fire is less than 1 acre and is burning in a Limited Management Area.
Fires are a naturally occurring event in the boreal forest. They clean up the forest floor, rejuvenate soils and create rich habitat for wildlife. They also burn in a mosaic like pattern and in so doing, reduce the intensity and danger of future fires throughout the area.