2 p.m., Aug. 3, 2016 – Smoke from the two fires burning along the Tiekel River is impacting visibility between mileposts 40-50 of the Richardson Highway. The fires are not showing any significant activity, but have been receiving rain which increases the amount of smoke they are producing. That smoke is drifting west along the river valley to the Richardson Highway, which is located about three miles to the closest fire. Motorists driving through the area should slow down and turn on their headlights for increased visibility.
These lightening-caused fires are burning in a limited protection area and are not threatening any structures. Alaska Division of Forestry personnel routinely fly over the fires to check on them to ensure they don’t threaten a cluster of structures that are a distance to the west. Based on terrain and rain that is forecasted to continue, the fires are not expected to grow.
The 917-acre Tiekel River #2 Fire (fire #544) was discovered on July 17. The Tiekel River #1 Fire (fire #543) was discovered the same day and is estimated to be about 52 acres.
For more information, contact the Fire Information Office at (907)356-5511.