Hastings fire moves within 3 miles of Fairbanks subdivision

Hastings fire. Two smokejumpers approaching landing zone in clearing with smoke column in background. 5-31-2011. Photo: Mike McMillan-Alaska Fire Service

The Hastings fire has burned to within three miles of a subdivision and five miles from the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. Residents of the subdivision of about a dozen homes were asked to evacuate on Monday.

Hastings fire, 6-7-2011
(Click to enlarge) Hastings fire. View from Spinach Creek & Murphy Dome; 6-7-2011. Photo: Mike McMillan-Alaska Fire Service

Here is a report from InciWeb at 10 a.m. on June 7:

Fire managers made heavy use of firefighting aircraft on Monday. Air tankers dropped 65,000 gallons of water and retardant on the fire’s flanks to slow its progress. Helicopters provided additional air support, moving crews and supplies to the fire. As there is no road access to this fire, aircraft are critical to the firefighting effort. Seven additional firefighting crews arrived to reinforce the crews already on the line.

The Hastings Fire is now 12,770 17,624 acres and eight per cent contained. The fire is most active on the north and northeast flanks, and is about three miles from the Hayes Creek Subdivision and five miles from the Alaska Pipeline. The fire is burning between the Chatanika River and Washington Creek.

Hastings fire map 6-8-2011
(Click to enlarge) Map of the Hastings fire, 6-8-2011. The Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline is the black/white line in the upper right corner.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.