Type 1 Incident Management Team assuming command of Minto Lakes fire Monday

    "Meridian Fire of 2010" by USFWS Headquarters is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Bureau of Land Management has issued a Fire Closure Order for the White Mountain National Recreation Area.

    A fire caused by lightning in the Minto Lakes area caused closures to the surrounding areas.

    Alaska State Parks has closed the Whitefish Lake Campground and boat ramp, along with surrounding cabins and trails.

    A Type 1 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 8:00 am on July 4, 2022.

    A red flag warning remains in effect Sunday for lightning and thunderstorms with slight precipitation expected.

    Firefighters are available to respond should a new fire occur.

    The public is asked to limit unnecessary travel to areas around the fire perimeter where fire personnel is working.

    This extends throughout the Murphy Dome area, down to the MDR Boat Ramp and the Chatanika River.

    Firefighters are working around the Hayes and Himalaya Subdivisions, and the public is requested to use caution in these areas.

    Vehicles on the roads and boats on the river can bring additional risks to the public and to firefighters trying to protect structures and construct fire lines.

    Firefighters will continue structure protection and fire line construction around the native allotments located close to the MDR Boat Launch.

    Structure protection measures on the north side of the Chatanika River up to approximately river mile 17 are completed.

    South of the river, fire personnel continue moving upriver assessing structures for protection.

    In subdivisions outside the immediate fire area, fire personnel assessed structures and developed plans for further protection.

    Higher humidity moderated the fire's growth.

    For more information, visit https://akfireinfo.com/ or call the Fairbanks District Office at 907-474-2200.

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