June 29, 2015: 1200 hours
Tetlin Hills Fire Using Dozers and Scoopers to Hold Fire after Flare Up
(Tok, AK) – The Tetlin Hills Fire remains at 1800 acres after a flare up of extreme fire behavior on Friday and moderate fire behavior within the fire perimeter over the weekend. Four bulldozers are continuing to expand fire line, including around the areas that slopped over after the flare up. Aircraft, including four scoopers and two Blackhawk helicopters made continuous water drops all day yesterday before ending operations at 9 p.m. The objective is to complete containment lines around the fire.
The Tetlin Hills Fire grew by 500 acres on June 26, 2015 as a result of a high wind event which sent up a significant smoke plume. Fire managers acted quickly to bring in four water scoopers, two Blackhawk helicopters and four heavy air tankers. The movement of the fire was halted by 11 p.m. the same day.
The Tetlin Hills Fire was started by a lightning strike on the evening of June 20, 2015. The fire is eight miles southeast of Tok, three miles east of the Tok Cutoff and 13 miles west of Tetlin. The area affected by the Tetlin Hills Fire includes Tetlin Tribal Lands and the Tanana Valley State Forest. The fire continues to be a potential threat to the community of Tok.
While there have been varied amounts of precipitation in the area in the last 48 hours, the Tetlin Hills Fire received only light showers. Hotter and drier weather predicted for the upcoming period will affect the fire.
Area residents are reminded there is a burn closure in effect in the Tanana Valley. The ban means no open fires of any kind, including campfires, charcoal fires, burn barrels, and of special importance with the approach of July 4th celebrations, NO FIREWORKS. With increasingly hot and dry conditions in the area, it is also important to avoid tossing lighted cigarettes or matches from vehicles. Keep it inside to protect the outside.
CONTACT: Jim Schwarber, (907) 451-2704, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com/ (907) 356-5511
Forestry Info: http://forestry.alaska.gov