Containment lines completed on the Tyonek Fire

May 28, 2014 11:30am

(Tyonek, AK) – The Tyonek Fire started May 19th and burned between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga. It is currently mapped at 1,906 acres and is considered 100% contained. Significant numbers of resources have been release with many reassigned to the Funny River Fire on the Kenai Peninsula. A total of 112 personnel are still assigned to Tyonek this morning and most being released today.

On Tuesday, mop up was completed in all divisions of the fire, and significant back haul of unused or no longer needed equipment occurred. Operations today will focus on completing back haul. Sufficient equipment is being left in place to support a Type 4 Incident Commander and at least one hand crew who will remain to patrol the fire for an undetermined period of time after WIMT #3 leaves.

No serious injuries have occurred on this fire to date. However, a significant safety concern will continue to be standing trees which have been weakened by the fire and may topple in windy conditions. The local communities have been informed that, while falling crews have dropped these trees where safe to do so, this condition will remain in some locations and should be considered by anyone in the fire area during windy conditions.

A community meeting was held Tuesday in Tyonek. WIMT #3 wishes to thank the Native Village of Tyonek, members of the community of Beluga, and the many other entities who assisted on this incident including the Department of Forestry, the Kenai Peninsula Burough, Nikiski Fire Department, the Tebughna School, the Tyonek Native Corporation, and the various crews and single resources who came from across the state and the nation.
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Sarah Saarloos at #(907) 631-1059 or

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