State Forestry attacking 25-acre wildfire less than a mile from Tok Cutoff

July 13, 5:30 p.m. – The Alaska Division of Forestry is contending with two wildland fires in the Copper River Basin area, one of which is less than a mile from the Tok Cutoff Highway.
The Cutoff Fire is estimated at 25 acres and growing. It was reported at approximately 2:40 p.m. and is burning less than a mile south of the Tok Cutoff near Mile 50. Retardant tankers have been dropping water on the fire and have now switched over to retardant in an effort to slow the spread of the fire toward the road. Two Type 2 initial attack crews from the Division of Forestry, the TCC and White Mountain crews, are also enroute to the fire to help with suppression efforts.
Smoke is impacting visibility on the highway and Alaska State Troopers have been called in to help with traffic control on the road.
A second fire of approximately 7 acres, the Chistochina River Fire, was reported approximately 23 miles east of Paxson Lake at around 4 p.m. Fire managers are in the process of sizing up that fire to determine what resources may be needed. There are two or three structures less than a mile east of the fire and the wind is pushing the fire in that direction.

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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