Tyonek Fire

May 21, 2014

Tyonek Fire firefighters turn their attention to Beluga

(Palmer, AK) – The Tyonek fire on the west side of Cook Inlet was active most of Tuesday evening. It is still estimated to be about 1,500 acres. The fire had initially run to the south ahead of a north wind, but currently it is more active on the north side. At some point overnight the fire burned 3 structures, including a cabin and 2 outbuildings.

There are 3 crews and 3 helicopters assigned to the fire. Two retardant air tankers are also working to slow the advance of the fire.

The crews working on the ground at the north end of the fire preparing for any significant fire movement toward Beluga. The Div. of Forestry crews and members of the Nikiski FD are working to create “defensible space” are cabins, and a compressor station.

Some firefighters remain in place on the south end of the fire, but the evacuation order for the Village of Tyonek has been lifted. Residents of both Tyonek and Beluga are being asked to remain vigilant and to be ready to move if the fire gets closer to either built up area.

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About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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