Long Lake Fire update, July 6

Smoke Visible Again in Area of the Long Lake Fire

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

INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Fire Info: https://akfireinfo.com/ (907) 356-5511
Forestry Info: http://forestry.alaska.gov http://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry

(Tok, AK) 

Fire activity increased on the Long Lake Fire yesterday afternoon. Occasional columns of smoke were visible along the Northway Highway and the Alaska Highway. Fire managers are estimating the fire perimeter grew by between 50 and 100 acres. The exact acreage increase will be confirmed after additional mapping. Most of the fire activity was on the southern edge of the fire, and slightly up to the southeast and southwest. All the fire activity was at least 6 miles south of Northway. Protection strategies remain in place for two structures closest to the fire. Today’s warmer and drier weather conditions indicate the fire might be more active again this afternoon with more smoke visible to the public.

Rehabilitation of the fireline is progressing well. The fire continues to be monitored by aircraft. The Long Lake Fire is currently 20% contained. Acreage reported remains unchanged at 18,533.

The goal is still to protect the lives and property in the community of Northway and along the Alaska Highway.

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 and slow down when visibility is poor or firefighting equipment is present. Flaggers and pilot cars will be used when conditions require their use to keep traffic moving safely through the area affected by the fire.

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