July 2, 2015 1530 hours
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Successful Meeting Held at Northway Village about the Long Lake Fire
(Tok, AK) – The Northway Village Council hosted a meeting with fire managers from Tok Area Forestry and Long Lake Fire managers at the Northway Community Hall yesterday. The Council gave direction to the Incident Management Team regarding their expectations for the repair and rehabilitation of fire lines that were constructed to protect Northway and the Alaska Highway from the Long Lake Fire. Rain showers have fallen over the area for five 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. Containment has increased to 20%
At the end of tomorrow’s shift responsibility for the Long Lake Fire will be transferred to a smaller Type 4 incident management organization. Resources will continue to monitor fire activity and point protection will remain in place.
The goal is still to protect lives and property and minimize impacts in the community of Northway and along the Alaska Highway. Although the state-wide Fire Closure Order has been lifted, people are reminded to remain cautious with their use of any kind of fire in the area. The use of fireworks is regulated by individual communities, so always ask before using any kind of fireworks. Remember you are responsible for any fires that start as a result of your activities.
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.