Tok Area Fires Update for July 19, 2015
(Tok, AK) – Another day of windy conditions and warm temperatures amplified fire activity in the interior of the Tetlin Hills and Long Lake Fires. Firefighters will take advantage of the increased cloud cover today to continue containment objectives and engage in site protection missions.
Long Lake Fire –– (23,430 acres) Containment increased to 27 percent on northern perimeter, keeping fire from spreading north to the village of Northway. Crews continue direct line construction near Dog Lake engaging in site protection. The fire is currently staffed with 147 fire personnel.
Tetlin Hills Fire – (1,878 acres) Firefighters achieved 80 percent containment yesterday with continued line construction around the fire. Crews will continue to improve the north, northwest, and west dozer lines to prevent fire spread. Currently 139 firefighters are working on the Tetlin Hills Fire.
Chisana 2 Fire –– (38,385 acres) Fire activity increase due to interior pockets of unburned trees burning yesterday. Smoke will continue to be visible from the Alaska Highway. The fire will continue to be monitored by aircraft.
Wildfires in Alaska typically burn unevenly, resulting in a mosaic pattern, or patchwork, of vegetation across the landscape. Suppression on the Long lake Fire is focused on protecting isolated cabins and communities in the path of fires, rather than containing and extinguishing them. Natural barriers limiting fire spread are few, mostly comprised of muskeg, moist tundra, barren ground, rivers, lakes, and deciduous groves. Due to weather, terrain, and other factors there are often irregular edges to the fire’s perimeter and interior pockets of unburned vegetation remain. The burn patterns on the landscape from the Long Lake, Chisana 2, and Tetlin Hills Fires are a good example of this type of mosaic burn pattern.
Smoke is anticipated from interior pockets of unburned vegetation. Wildfires in the Tok area will eventually be “out” by sustained cool and rainy weather conditions, which typical arrive in late summer or early autumn.
FIRE INFORMATION RESOURCES:
Forestry Info: http://forestry.alaska.gov