Wildfire near Tok jumps Alaska Highway, draws aggressive response

The Alaska Division of Forestry is aggressively fighting a wildfire near milepost 1234 of the Alaska Highway, about 80 miles south of Tok and 50 miles from the Canadian border.
The Seaton Road House Fire was reported at approximately 4 p.m. at approximately 20 acres. As of 5:30 p.m. the fire was estimated at 40 acres and was burning in black spruce and brush. The fire had jumped the highway and was burning on both sides of the road. No structures were immediately threatened by the fire.
A water-scooping airplane and two air retardant tankers responded to the fire and another retardant tanker was enroute.A helicopter was also on scene dropping water on the fire. Six crews, including two Type 1 crews, two Type 2 initial attack crews and two emergency firefighter crews, were ordered for the fire.
The fire appears to have started on the north side of the highway but spot fires were reported on the south side of the road and the fire jumped the highway at around 5:30 p.m. A tanker was dropping retardant on the fire on the north side of the highway, which is state land, and the water scooper was working the south side of the highway, which is federal land in the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.The air retardant tankers were reloading at the Tanacross Air Retardant Base just north of Tok.

The Department of Transportation is guiding traffic through the area with a pilot car to keep the road open. A staging area was established at milepost 1237.5.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

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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