Tetlin Hills Fire update, July 3

Location 8 miles SE of Tok

Incident Commander Paul van Hees

CONTACT: Rita Baysinger, PIO cell (303)345-8576 tokareafires@gmail.com

Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com/ (907) 356-5511
Forestry Info: http://forestry.alaska.gov
http://twitter.com/ak_forestry http://www.youtube.com/alaskadnrdof

Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Monday June 20, 2015 approx. 6:00 PM

Current Situation:

Total Personnel: 80, including Upper Tanana Type 2 Handcrew, Tanana Chiefs Type 2 IA and Eastern Montana Type 2 IA
Other Resources 3 helicopters are available as needed: 1 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 1 Type 3.

Size: 1,800 acres (unchanged)
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 0%
Significant Events: Fire received light rainfall until early afternoon. Sustained winds of 20 mph
throughout the day. Fire was smoldering and creeping

Planned Actions Continue strengthening line on the northeast, east and southeast using direct attack strategy.
Projected Incident Activity Fire activity will be minimal due to precipitation and high humidity.

Weather Concerns 24 hours: Based on weather forecast of mostly cloudy with higher humidity expect fire behavior to remain low.
Temperatures 63 to 73 and west winds 6-10. There is also a prediction of thunderstorm activity. This will affect the entire fire..

Good progress made on northeast, east, and southeast perimeters. Due to weather could not insert Upper Tanana crew. Winds held steady at about 20 throughout the day.

As the 4th of July holiday approaches, a reminder about the danger of human-caused fires is appropriate. A statewide Burn Closure Order which affected the Tanana Valley has been lifted. While 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, which will affect fire behavior.


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