June 29, 2015: 1330 hours
Long Lake Fire Update
(Tok, AK) – The Long Lake fire camp and staging area at the Northway ball park is moving to make way for Northway’s annual July 4th softball tournament. This event attracts participants from a wide area. The 79 personnel at the camp will be relocated to the parking lot at the Northway School less than a mile up the road byThursday evening. “Northway has been very supportive of our presence in their community,” said Incident Commander Trainee Carrie Thaler. “We want to make sure Northway gets to celebrate the holiday the way they are used to celebrating.”
Firefighters are mopping up and repairing terrain that was affected by firefighting efforts on the north and northwest portions of the fire, closest to the village of Northway. The Long Lake Fire is currently 10% contained.
The goal is still to protect the lives and property in the community of Northway and along the Alaska Highway.
Smoke from these fires has diminished in recent days but could still occasionally affect visibility along the Alaska Highway between Tok and the Canadian border. Motorists 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 to keep traffic moving safely through the area affected by the fire.