Long Lake Fire update, June 30

June 30, 2015

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

Cell:    907-750-9887

INFORMATION RESOURCES:

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

Forestry Info: http://forestry.alaska.gov

 http://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry

http://twitter.com/ak_forestry      http://www.youtube.com/alaskadnrdof

 Northway Community Meeting Wednesday

(Tok, AK) – Fire managers will be meeting with the Northway community on Wednesday, July 1 at 4:30 p.m. in their Community Hall to discuss the repair of areas affected by firefighting activities on the Long Lake Fire. The future of the firefighting efforts will also be discussed. Rain showers have fallen over the area for four days, helping to reduce fire activity. More rain is forecast this week. There is no increase in the size of this 18,511 acre fire or in its containment.

Today firefighters will be working to put in place additional protection for two cabins threatened by the fire. At the community-level, managers will be identifying potential areas to use the Roller-Chopper in constructing defensible space to help protect the village and highway from wildfire.

The goal is still to protect the lives and property in the community of Northway and along the Alaska Highway.  People are reminded not to let your guard down when it comes to activities that may start a new wildland fire.

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.

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