Tok, Alaska – The Alaska Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team with Incident Commander Tom Kurth, assumed management of the Tok River Fire at 8 a.m. today. The team’s presence brings additional resources, including aviation assets and ground crews from Alaska and various overhead from the Lower 48. In addition, the team provides planning and logistical support for firefighters and local forestry. Two additional crews have been reassigned from nearby fires.
The lightning-caused Tok River Fire is now estimated at 728 acres. It is burning approximately 8 miles southwest of Tok, Alaska, near Mile 115 of the Tok Cutoff. The fire is creeping in timber, light logging slash, and tall grass, with isolated torching. A column may occasionally be visible from the community of Tok and the highway.
Firefighters are experiencing cooler conditions today, but steady winds continue to present a challenge. The Upper Tanana Type 2 crew is building hand-line to tie in with dozer line on the northwest end of the fire. The Tanana Chiefs Type 2IA crew is working to reinforce the dozer line. The east flank of the fire exhibits a mosaic burn pattern, with pockets of unburned fuel in the black. Tussocks along the east flank show deeply-entrenched heat. A 3-5 acre finger flared southwest of the main fire today. The White Mountain crew is securing this area with the assistance of air support bucket drops.
The weather outlook for tomorrow is mostly cloudy, high of 70 degrees, with isolated thundershowers. Relative humidity should remain above 40% throughout the day.
There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR 6/6784) over the incident. Contact frequency 118.475 if flying in the area. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMS before flying into or around Tok.
The Incident Command Post is located at the Tok School. The public is welcome to visit, call, or email for information about the fire. Contact Tok River Fire Information at (907) 244-9376 or email@example.com to be added to our contact list.
For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at http://www.akfireinfo.com or call Fire Information at (907) 356-5511.