Tok River Fire: Crews Capitalize on Cooler Conditions

Tok, Alaska, 2:20pm –The lightning-caused Tok River wildfire has burned 614 acres of Tetlin Village Tribal Council land and 117 acres of state land, for a total of 731 acres. The Alaska Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team remains in place to manage the incident, while assisting both Tok and Copper River Division of Forestry with initial attack responsibilities. Four crews, two helicopters, and three boats are currently assigned to the incident with a total of 130 personnel on the ground or in support positions. A fifth Type 2 crew has been ordered and is being mobilized.

The fire is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Tok, Alaska, near Mile 115 of the Tok Cutoff. Containment remains at 18 % for the second day in a row. The fire continues to smolder and creep in black spruce, light logging slash, and tall grasses. Single-tree torching occurs periodically, producing smoke visible from the community of Tok and the highway.

Cloud cover persists today, with a front bringing in a 50% chance of wetting rain to the fire and surrounding area. Rainfall is expected to taper overnight. 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 mixed in the black. A mile-long hose lay is being built from the Tok River across to the east flank to assist with areas of deeply-entrenched heat in the Tussocks. The Upper Tanana Type 2 Crew continues to reinforce sawline on the west flank that ties in with dozer line completed during initial attack.

The weather outlook for tomorrow is mostly cloudy, with scattered rain showers. Maximum temperatures will be in the low-60s, with relative humidity remaining above 55% throughout the day. Winds are predicted to be out of the northwest at 7-15 mph.
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 907-244-9376 for information about the fire. Fire updates and maps are mailed out daily, if you wish to be added to the email distribution list, send an email to 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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