Tok River Fire: 48% Containment and Type 3 Transition

Ops gathering, 7-18July19PIOmap

Tok, Alaska, 2:00pm –Crews made the most of cool weekend conditions, gaining ground on the 731 acre lightning-caused Tok River wildfire, now 48% contained. At 11am Monday, Alaska Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team (Kurth) transitioned to a Type 3 organization lead by Incident Commander Adam Kohley. The Type 3 organization now manages Tok River Fire suppression, and will assist Tok and Copper River Division of Forestry with initial attack needs. Five crews, two helicopters, and three boats are assigned to the incident, a total of 161 personnel. Incident staffing is expected to decrease today, as containment objectives are met, and crews are re-assigned to other incidents.

The fire is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Tok, Alaska, near Mile 115 of the Tok Cutoff. 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 is anticipated today, with periods of sun. Chance of rain is 50% and winds are 9mph. Localized gusts have been observed in excess of 20 mph. White Mountain Type 2IA, Upper Tanana #2 Type 2, and Mat Su Type 2 crews are securing the southwest perimeter. Tanana Chiefs Type 2IA crew is securing the eastern flank. St. Michaels Type 2 crew is securing line northward along the east flank, where a mosaic burn pattern left pockets of unburned fuel mixed in the black. With heat retained deeply in the duff, crews anticipate deep ash pits and treacherous footing.

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 45% throughout the day. Winds are predicted to be out of the northwest at 5-9 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)209-0946 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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