Strong winds, hot, dry weather challenge firefighters on Tanana Slough Fire

10:00 a.m. (Tok, AK) – The Tanana Slough Fire by Dot Lake is now 30 percent contained and 718 acres in size. Despite challenges from strong winds on Tuesday, and continued hot and dry weather, firefighters held growth of the Tanana Slough Fire to a minimum. Nearly 150 firefighters are working to keep the fire confined to an island, with assistance from helicopters and water scooping aircraft dropping water on the fire’s southern flank. A focus of the firefighting effort is to secure the southern perimeter with a hose line and further improve the west side of the fire.

Travelers on the Alaska Highway between Tok and Delta are requested not to stop on the narrow road shoulder to view the fire activity; instead, please use parking areas or pullouts where stopping is safe.

Much of Alaska continues under Red Flag Warnings for strong winds or very low humidity. A Red Flag Warning means that conditions exist that could lead to new large and dangerous wildland fires. Everyone is encouraged to use extra care during any outdoor activity that could lead to a new wildland fire.

CONTACT: Jim Schwarber, (907) 451-2704, james.schwarber@alaska.gov

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