Tetlin Hills Fire update, July 1

July 1, 2015: 1200 hours

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

Dozer Line Surrounds Tetlin Hills Fire as Weather Moderates

(Tok, AK) – The bulldozer line around the Tetlin Hills Fire was completed yesterday. A 20-person Type 2 hand crew starts work today to strengthen that line on the way to the goal of 100% containment. As a result of the cooler temperatures and the precipitation received last night, fire behavior has moderated.

The Tetlin Hills Fire was started by a lightning strike on the evening of June 20, 2015. The area affected by the Tetlin Hills Fire includes Tetlin Tribal Lands and the Tanana Valley State Forest. It is 13 miles west of the village of Tetlin, which is not threatened at this time. The fire continues to be a potential threat to the community of Tok.

A statewide Burn Closure Order which affected the Tanana Valley was lifted yesterday. This cancels restrictions on small campfires, charcoal and propane fires. Fireworks are subject to local laws and regulations so the public is advised to check before setting off any fireworks.  You are responsible for any fires that start as a result of your actions. Fuels remain dry in the area, and weather can change rapidly, so avoid tossing lighted cigarettes or matches from vehicles. Keep it inside to protect the outside.

IMG_0720 Dozer

Pictured is one of the four bulldozers that worked for days closing a 10 mile perimeter around the Tetlin Hills Fire. Photo Credit: Jesse Meyers, Tetlin Hills Fire

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 INFORMATION RESOURCES:

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

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

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