Tyonek Fire

Update 17:29 Tuesday: A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place over the fire.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2014

Alaska Hotshot crews protect Tyonek village

(Palmer, AK) – Overnight the Pioneer Peak and Midnight Sun Interagency Hotshot crews strengthened a fire line along an existing road with a burn out operation to keep the fire from spreading south to the village of Tyonek. For the safety of the residents along the fire operation, they were asked to leave their homes. The attempt to remove fuels between the fire and the village was successful. Residents have been seeking refuge in the Tyonek Native Corporation lodge south of the village.

A Type III Incident Management Team has assumed command of the 1000 acre fire. Their objective with the support of the hotshot crews, Bureau of Land Management smokejumpers, and air support is to strengthen the southern and northern perimeters of the Tyonek Fire.

CONTACT: Sarah Saarloos, Information Officer (907)631-1059 or sarah.saarloos@alaska.gov

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