July 20, 2015: 11:00 a.m.
Tok Area Fires Update for July 20, 2015
(Tok, AK) –– Containment lines held yesterday on both the Long Lake and Tetlin Hills fires yesterday despite the strong winds. The Long Lake Fire increased 2000 acres in size due to warmer temperatures and gusty winds, pushing the fire further south on Tetlin Wildlife Refuge managed lands. Cooler temperatures and increased cloud cover will moderate fire activity on the Tok area fires today.
Tetlin Hills Fire –– (1,878 acres) The Tetlin Hills Fire has shown no growth for multiple days and remains at 1878 acres. Crews continue to improve fire line on the north, northwest, and west dozer lines to prevent fire spread. Firefighters observed live standing timber beginning to fall yesterday due to the roots being damaged or destroyed by fire. Tetlin Hills Fire is 80 percent contained. Pending favorable conditions, crews will continue to patrol the fire-line and backhaul supplies that are no longer needed on the fire. Currently 139 firefighters are working on the Tetlin Hills Fire.
Long Lake Fire –– (25,471 acres) Firefighters continue to build line utilizing natural boundaries, lakes and ponds. Containment percentage continues to increase on the western and eastern flanks of the fire. Firefighters are reinforcing existing fire line and building additional fire line to mitigate spread northward 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. The fire is currently is staffed with 144 fire personnel.
Chisana 2 Fire –– 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.
A community meeting will be held Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Northway Community Hall to provide updated fire information to Northway residents and other interested parties.
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