Near the Kuskokwim River, fire crews are working on 3 new lightning caused fires southwest of Crooked Creek, all within 2 miles of each other.
An 80 acre fire burns at Village Creek along with a 40 acre fire at Qguahaydok in tundra and black spruce. Near the 8 acre Jung Juk Creek fire, 4 initial attack squad crewmembers are laying hose and sprinklers for structure protection.
Two airtankers were used Thursday for retardant drops. Another initial attack crew is in Crooked Creek, preparing to shuttle to the fires as soon as smokejumpers cut helicopter landings spots. Additional McGrath and Scammon Bay crews are preparing to launch Friday.