Full containment of Tyonek Fire expected by Wednesday

May 26, 2014 1:14 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. The fire is considered to be 70% contained, and full containment is expected by end-of-day Wednesday.

On Sunday, significant mop up occurred in all divisions of the fire. Operations for today will focus on completing mop up and beginning back haul of unused or no longer needed equipment.

A community meeting will be held this evening at 7:30pm in Beluga.

While concern continues over the dry and windy conditions in the area, there is wetting precipitation forecast beginning this evening and continuing for the next few days.

No serious injuries have occurred on this fire to date. However, a significant safety concern for firefighters continues to be standing trees which have been weakened by the fire and may topple in the windy conditions being encountered.

Significant numbers of resources were reassigned yesterday and will be reassigned today to the Funny River Fire on the Kenai Peninsula. A total of 260 personnel are still assigned to Tyonek this morning, along with 1 helicopter.

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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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