Saturday, July 23, 2011

Clear Creek Fire

A couple of fires on the Tanana Flats flared to life this week, and really took off today with low RHs and gusty southwest winds. The plume has been evident on the Pedro Dome radar all day. Here's a photo from about 745pm ADT Saturday from the Alaska Climate Research Center webcam. This produced a dramatic plume from town and, in some places ashfall too. In a much too common story, the models are backing off from any significant rainfall anytime soon.

Update: According to AFS Sunday morning, this is the Bonnifield #1 fire, which grew to over 2000 acres on Saturday. The Clear Creek Fire is onyl a few miles away from Bonnifield #1, and it grew by a couple hundred acres.

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