Dry and windy conditions will test containment lines

3:25 p.m.

(Palmer, AK) – The weather today is again expected to be windy and dry. These conditions will test containment lines on the Tyonek Fire. Crews have the coastal east side of the fire contained and will continue to mop up and improve the line. The fire is currently 1906 acres.

Crews continue to make progress on the west side and more containment line is expected to be completed there this afternoon. As additional crews arrive they will begin mop up and improve the lines, working deeper into the interior of the fire securing the black edge. The smoke at the end of the Tyonek runway is an interior smoldering pocket of trees and brush and not from any fire spread. Crews are patrolling and mopping up this southern edge.

217 structures have been identified from Viapan Lake north to Beluga airport. Residents of Beluga have been made aware if the fire reaches Shorty Creek area they will need to be on alert and would have adequate time to leave if necessary. The community meeting was well attended last night and many thanks were given by the residents of Tyonek and Beluga as well as fire personnel to these villages for their generous support in working the fire.

The Type 2 Incident Management team is expected to arrive tonight into Tyonek and take command of the fire Saturday morning.

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