(Tok, AK) – Wildfires in the Tok area received rain yesterday which moderated fire activity. Crews took advantage of the cooler weather to increase containment objectives on the Long Lake and Tetlin Hills Fires. The Chisana Fire is reported at 39, 110 acres and will remain in monitor status.
Long Lake Fire – The cooler, wet weather is allowing crews and heavy equipment to do direct attack on the north and west flanks, confining the fire and preventing it from threatening the village of Northway. Deteriorating roads and access trails to the fire have been impacted by the damp conditions and slowed fire operations. Firefighters moped up around the VOR facility and continued rehabilitation of the indirect dozer line near Moose Creek. Additional aviation resources have been requested due to the lack of access of remote cultural resources. The southern perimeter is expected to have low fire spread today as a result of cooler temperatures. A community meeting will be held today in Northway at 4pm at the Community Hall for residents. Updated maps and fire information will be provided.
Tetlin Hills Fire – The Tetlin Hills Fire completed line construction on the south and west flanks. The fire received light precipitation yesterday. The four spot fires outside of the northwest containment lines were all located and suppressed. All dozer line has been completed and the fire is now at 50% containment. The increase in moisture is making foot and vehicle travel more difficult on extremely steep and rocky terrain. Work for today will include firefighters checking the spots, grid for any additional spot fires, continue to secure dozer and handlines and to mop up 30 feet in from containment lines. Currently there are 242 personnel working on the Tetlin Hills Fire with 7 handcrews, 2 helicopters and 1 dozer.
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