Chance of precipitation anticipated by firefighters

May 25, 2014 3:55 p.m.

(Tyonek, AK) – The Tyonek Fire, which started May 19th and burned between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga, is currently mapped at 1,906 acres. No significant growth occurred over the past 24 hours. No evacuations are in place and no additional structures have been lost. The fire earlier consumed 5 structures – 2 outbuildings and 3 abandoned metal storage structures.

Saturday was a transition day with Washington Interagency Incident Management Team (WIMT) 3, a Type 2 team, Incident Commander Bob Allbee, shadowing the staff that has been on this fire, and assuming management of the fire. Saturday’s operations focused on improving fire lines where necessary, and beginning mop up operations in some areas.

Operations for today will focus on mop up on the interior of the fire in all divisions, and continuing patrol and mop up around structures within and around the fire perimeter.

A community meeting was held last evening with members of the Tyonek community and an additional meeting is scheduled for 7:30pm tomorrow (Monday) evening in Beluga.

Concern continues over the drying and windy conditions in the area, although a chance of some precipitation is forecast in the next few days. A significant safety concern for firefighters on this fire is standing trees which have been weakened by the fire and may topple in the windy conditions being encountered.

A total of 311 personnel are assigned today to the fire including 2 helicopters, 2 engines, and 2 water tenders. Significant numbers of resources are being reassigned today from the Tyonek to the much larger and more active Funny River Fire on the Kenai Peninsula.

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