Tok River Wildfire is Now 18% Contained

2016_0717mapTok, Alaska, 2pm –The lightning-caused Tok River wildfire is now 18% contained. The Alaska Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team is in place and managing the Tok River Fire while assisting the Tok Area Forestry with initial attack responsibilities. Four crews, two helicopters, and two boats are currently assigned to the incident with a total of almost 125 personnel on the ground or in support positions. The fifth crew that had been assigned to the fire was reassigned this morning, prior to engagement, and is enroute to a fire burning near McHugh Creek Recreation Area, just south of Anchorage.

The Tok River Fire remains at 728 acres and 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 increased cloud cover and higher relative humidity today. Tanana Chiefs Type 2IA, White Mountain Type 2IA and Mat Su Type 2 crews are securing line on the east flank of the fire, where a mosaic burn pattern left pockets of unburned fuel in the black. Tussocks along the east flank still show deeply-entrenched heat. The Upper Tanana Type 2 Crew is reinforcing sawline on the west flank that ties in with dozer line completed during initial attack.

The weather outlook for tomorrow is mostly cloudy, temperatures in the mid-60s, with relative humidity remaining above 40% throughout the day. Winds are predicted to be variable tomorrow, as a cold front approaches.

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.

Tok River Fire Information can be found online at:
http://www.akfireinfo.com
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4863
https://www.facebook.com/BLMAFS

The Incident Command Post is located at the Tok School. The public is welcome to visit or call the number above for information about the fire. Fire updates and maps are mailed out daily, if you wish to be added to the email distribution list, contact Tok River Fire Information at (907) 244-9376 or tokriverfireinfo@gmail.com

For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center at http://fire.ak.blm.gov , http://www.akfireinfo.com, or call Fire Information at (907) 356-5511.

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