Tok Area Fire updates (Long Lake, Tetlin Hills), July 12

July 12, 2015: 1100  hours

Tok Area Fires Update for July 12, 2015

(Tok, AK) – The Long Lake Fire will start direct line construction with Type 2 IA crews.  Tetlin Hills Fire crews continue to expand contentment lines.  The Chisana Fire is reported at 39,110 acres and will remain in monitor status.

 Long Lake Fire — Despite cooler temperatures and light rain, the Long Lake Fire continued to show signs of heat on the western perimeter yesterday. Smoldering hot spots were discovered and extinguished by the Tanana Chiefs Crew near Andrew Lake with the assistance of helicopter bucket drops. An additional crew (UAF Type 2) arrived to the fire and will be used to reinforce the western line. Today, crews will continue to focus on building line on the north and west perimeter to confine the fire and prevent it from threatening the village of Northway. Firefighters will be working around the VOR facility mopping up remaining smoldering spots and begin rehabilitation of the indirect dozer line near Moose Creek. Additional aviation resources have been requested due to the limited access of remote cultural resources. The southern perimeter is expected to have low fire spread today as a result of cooler temperatures.

Contact:  Sarah Saarloos, Long Lake Fire PIO, 907-301-0971   tokareafires@gmail.com

Tetlin Hills Fire — The Incident Command Post for the Tetlin Hills Fire has moved from the Tok Area Forestry Office to the Dog Mushers Lodge at mile 1312.7 on the Alaska Highway east of Tok.  The fire received light precipitation again yesterday.  The cooler, wet weather is allowing crews and heavy equipment to do direct attack on the south and west flanks.  The Tetlin Hills Fire containment has now expanded to 48%.  The increased moisture is making foot and vehicle travel more difficult on extremely steep and rocky terrain.  Work today will include utilizing aircraft and ground personnel to direct attack spots on the north side of the fire and continue building dozer line on the southwest corner to the north.  The Tetlin Hills Fire started on June 20, 2015 by a lighting strike.  The fire is located 8 miles south of Tok, AK, 3 miles from the Tok Cutoff Highway and 13 miles from the village of Tetlin.

Contact:  Rita Baysinger, Tetlin Hills Fire PIO, 303-345-8576   tokareafires@gmail.com

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