Work continues to strengthen Tyonek Fire containment lines

May 24, 2014, 1:40 p.m.

(Palmer, AK) ā€“ The Tyonek fire continues to hold at 1,906 acres. The management of the fire was assumed today by Washington Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (WIMT 3) Incident Commander Bob Allbee.

Today is a transition day with incoming personnel shadowing those who have been working on the fire since its start May 19. WIMT 3 would like to thank those working on the fire since its inception for the excellent work accomplished to date.

Operations for today will focus on patrolling and holding recently constructed fire lines. Firefighters will also patrol and mop up around structures within and around the fire perimeter.

A total of 234 personnel are assigned today to the fire including 3 helicopters, 2 engines, and 3 water tenders. Air tankers from Palmer are available, if needed.

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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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