Long Lake Fire update, June 28

June 28, 2015: 1400 hours

Long Lake Fire Update

(Tok, AK) – The current size of the Long Lake Fire is 18,511 acres and it is ten percent contained. This is a decrease in size of 648 acres due to new mapping of the fire’s perimeter. Most of the current fire activity is located in the southern part of the fire far from the community of Northway.

Resources currently working to contain the fire include 73 personnel, two dozers, two water tenders, four engines and a helicopter. Good progress continues with the building of containment line on the northern end of the Long Lake Fire nearest to Northway. Mop up of the fire line is taking place on the north and northeast sides of the fire.

The goal is still to protect the lives and property in the community of Northway and along the Alaska Highway. As a precautionary measure, a structure protection plan is being prepared for the Alaska Highway corridor in case the fire moves in that direction. The Alaska Highway is not currently being threatened by this fire.

Smoke from these fires has diminished but could still occasionally affect visibility. Motorists along the Alaska Highway are urged to drive with lights on and slow down when visibility is poor or firefighting equipment is present. Flaggers and pilot cars will be used when conditions require their use for safety.

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

INFORMATION RESOURCES:

Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com/ (907) 356-5511

Forestry Info: http://forestry.alaska.gov     http://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry

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