Tetlin River Fire near Tok now 75 percent contained

The 818-acre Tetlin River Fire near Tok is now 75 percent contained and management of the fire is scheduled to be turned over to the local Tok Area State Forestry office on Saturday.
As of Tuesday morning, there were still 216 personnel working on the fire but that number has been dropping daily and will continue to do so as crews and miscellaneous overhead from a Type 3 incident management team are released from the fire.
The fire received light precipitation Monday night but firefighters continue to find heat in the interior of the fire during mop up operations. A flight was scheduled on Tuesday with a heat-sensing (infrared) camera to look for hotspots on the fire’s perimeter. Any hotspots identified will be extinguished by firefighters.
Firefighters continue to mop up 300 feet inside the perimeter of the fire to ensure it is contained. Crews are also continuing to remove hazard trees along the Tetlin River corridor and local trails that pose safety risks to firefighters and local residents who use the river and trails as main transportation routes.
Crews are also breaking down spike camps that were set up on the perimeter of the fire and collecting hose and pumps that were used to fight the fire.
Information about how the landscape changes following a fire and hazards to watch for (i.e. snags, ash pits) was distributed to the community of Tetlin.
The Tetlin River Fire started on June 17 and quickly advanced toward the village of Tetlin as a result of high winds. The fire came less than a mile from the village located 16 miles off the Alaska Highway before firefighters were able to stop it at the village airstrip on the outskirts of town.
The fire is believed to be human caused and is being investigated by a Division of Forestry wildfire investigator.

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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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