Tok River Fire gets rain

July 21, 6:50 p.m. – The Tok River Fire received approximately three-tenths of an inch or rain on Thursday and firefighters continued working toward full containment of the wildfire along the Tok Cutoff Highway.
Containment remains at 68 percent on the 731-acre wildfire approximately 8 miles south of Tok.
A total of 136 personnel are still assigned to the lightning-caused fire that started on July 14. Crews remain focused on mopping up the eastern perimeter of the fire closest to the Tetlin Hills where the fire burned deepest and there remains potential for growth, according to Incident Commander trainee Brian Homan with the Alaska Division of Forestry. They are being challenged by rough terrain and difficult access, he said.
Crews also have to do more saw work on the southern end of the fire to tie it into the containment line that parallels the Tok Cutoff, Homan said.
The fire isn’t expecting to begin demobilizing resources until sometime next week.

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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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