Tok Area Fires Update for July 18, 2015
(Tok, AK) – Afternoon winds in the Tok area increased fire activity on the Chisana 2, Long Lake and Tetlin Hills Fires yesterday. Due to the warming trend, smoke can be seen from the Alaska Highway. Containment lines continue to hold on the fires despite the warmer windy weather.
Tetlin Hills Fire – Crews observed trees killed or weakened by the fire due to the high winds yesterday. These hazard trees are being mitigated to increase the safety of the firefighters and reduce containment loss. Firefighters have completed 75 percent containment primarily on the south and east perimeters. Crews will continue to improve the north, northwest, and west dozer lines to prevent fire spread. The fire has shown no growth for multiple days and remains at 1878 acres. Fire personnel are evaluating staffing needs based on the weather and achievement of operational objectives. Incident Commander T3 Jason Devcich transitioned with incoming Incident Commander T3 Jason Kraling yesterday at 0700. Currently 122 firefighters are working on the Tetlin Hills Fire.
Long Lake Fire –– Containment percentage increased to 27 percent on northern perimeter, keeping fire from spreading north to the village of Northway. A strategic spike camp is being constructed, optimizing operational resources to secure structure protection efforts on the remote cabins on the east side of the fire. Firefighters continue to build line utilizing natural boundaries, lakes and ponds. The fire is currently 23,430 acres and is staffed with 147 fire personnel.
Chisana 2 Fire –– Fire activity increase due to interior pockets of unburned trees burning yesterday. Smoke will continue to be visible from the Alaska Highway. The Chisana 2 Fire is approximately 38,385 acres. The fire will continue to be unstaffed and in monitoring status.
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