3:10 p.m., July 27, 2016 – Work is wrapping up on the Tok River Fire as the remaining people demobilize from the area today. The fire, which is 100 percent contained and estimated at 669 acres, had as many as 161 people, two helicopters, and three boats working on it at one time. The Type 2 Alaska Incident Management Team was brought in to coordinate the firefighting efforts on July 16. This transition into a smaller, Type 3 management team on July 19 after cool and wetter conditions descended on the fire and personnel were reassigned to other incidents. The work then turned into mopping-up and securing the fire line. The last remaining crew, Upper Tanana #2 emergency firefighting crew, came off the fire today. Now, personnel are concentrating repairing some of the affects fire suppression efforts had on the area.
The fire area is located approximately 8 miles southwest of Tok, near Mile 115 of the Tok Cutoff. It burned on a combination of state and Tetlin Village Tribal Council land between the Tok River and Tetlin Hills after it was started by a lightning strike on July 14. Initially, south winds pushed it 3-1/2 miles toward the Tok Cutoff and river. There were two structures – one residential and another commercial – that were at times threatened by the fire.
For a statewide perspective on the current fire situation visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center athttp://fire.ak.blm.gov , http://www.akfireinfo.com, or call Fire Information at (907) 356-5511.