Tetlin Hills Fire update , July 5

Smoke Could Be on the Horizon from the Tetlin Hills Fire

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

(Tok, AK) – The weather in the Upper Tanana is drying out and heating up. With that change comes the possibility of increased smoke from the Tetlin Hills Fire. Fire managers say there is still unburned material well inside and along the perimeter of the fire that could ignite and send up some noticeable smoke over the next few days.

Three crews are now working on the Tetlin Hills Fire including the Tanana Chiefs Type 2 Initial Attack (IA) crew, the Upper Tanana Type 2 Crew, the Eastern Montana Type 2 IA crew. The Tok Initial Attack Squad is also assigned to the fire.

The Tetlin Hills Fire was started by a lightning strike on the evening of June 20, 2015. The fire remains at 1800 areas in size. 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 which is eight miles away and to the Tok Cutoff road which is three miles away.

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 also affect fire behavior.

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

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