Tok Area Fires Update for July 15, 2015
(Tok, AK) – Containment increased to 65 percent on the Tetlin Hills Fire yesterday, allowing fire crews to be reassigned to the Long Lake Fire in Northway, Alaska. The Chisana Fire is reported at 39, 110 acres and will remain in monitor status.
Long Lake Fire –– Two Alaska crews from the Tetlin Hills Fire arrived yesterday, increasing the current number of fire personnel to 152. Twenty percent of the containment line has been completed, reducing the fire threat to the village of Northway. Progress continues on the western perimeter as crews construct line to Andrew Lake. Helicopters are being utilized to provide crews access of remote cultural resources on the eastern perimeter. Warmer and drier weather has increased fire activity on the Long Lake Fire. Due to the warming trend, smoke can be seen from the Alaska Highway. The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at the school in Northway, Alaska.
Tetlin Hills Fire – Firefighters have completed direct line construction on the south and west perimeters. The fire received rain yesterday, the wet conditions hampered access and delay mop-up operations created by the extremely steep, wet and slick conditions. Crews will continue to improve the northeast, east and southeast dozer lines to prevent fire spread. Fire personnel are evaluating staffing needs based on the weather and achievement of operational objectives. Currently 126 firefighters are working on the Tetlin Hills Fire.
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