FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2015 1530 hours
GPS Mapping Confirms Tetlin Hills Fire Stayed Inside Containment Lines
(Tok, AK) – Firefighters on the Tetlin Hills Fire benefitted from cooler temperatures and cloudy wet conditions on Wednesday. The respite came after two days of active fire behavior. There was good news as a result of GPS mapping on the fire yesterday. Total acres were mapped at 1,878 acres. The mapping revealed most of the active burning took place within the previous containment line. There is now 23% containment on the fire. The moderated fire behavior yesterday gave crews an opportunity to mop up existing line and do scouting. Plans for today include direct dozer line construction and to expand the percentage of containment. There are 240 personnel on the fire as of yesterday, including 10 hand crews, five of which are Alaskan crews. There are two type 3 and one type 2 helicopter assigned to the fire. Weather conditions have been beneficial but the fire could become active again with a change to hot dry conditions.
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 which is eight miles away and to the Tok Cutoff road which is three miles away.
As conditions can change rapidly, pay attention to burn suspensions and closures. There is currently a burn suspension in place, which means there will be no approvals for burning with a burn permit. 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.
CONTACT: Rita Baysinger, PIO Tok Area Fires tokareafires@gmail