State Forestry attacking wildfire south of Tetlin village near Tok

The Alaska Division of Forestry is mounting an aggressive initial attack on a wildland fire burning near the village of Tetlin south of Tok, just outside the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.
The Tetlin River Fire was estimated at 30 acres and growing as of 5:00 p.m. The fire was burning about 2 miles southwest of the village of Tetlin and the wind was pushing the fire toward the village. The fire is burning south of the Tanana River.
The Division of Forestry has three helicopters and one water-scooping aircraft dropping water on the fire and two air retardant tankers have been ordered for possible retardant drops. A load of smokejumpers from the BLM Alaska Fire Service is also enroute to the fire, as is the Tanana Chiefs Conference fire crew. Both the smokejumpers and TCC crew should arrive by 5:30 p.m..
The smoke column from the fire is visible from Tok, about 20 miles to the northeast, and from the Alaska Highway. approximately 10 miles to the north.
The fire was discovered at approximately 2:30 p.m. and is burning mainly in spruce with some hardwoods. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

A photo of the smoke column from the Tetlin River Fire tkaen by a resident in Tetlin Village, which is about 2 miles northwest of the fire.

A photo of the smoke column from the Tetlin River Fire tkaen by a resident in Tetlin Village, which is about 2 miles northwest of the fire.

About Alaska Division of Forestry

Alaska Division of Forestry website: http://forestry.alaska.gov/ Mission: The Alaska Division of Forestry proudly serves Alaskans through forest management and wildland fire protection. The Wildland Fire and Aviation Program provides safe, cost-effective and efficient fire protection services and related fire and aviation management activities to protect human life and values on State, private and municipal lands. The wildland fire program cooperates with other wildland fire agencies on a statewide, interagency basis.

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