Firefighters made a big push Friday in their work toward containment of the North Robertson Fire burning along the Alaska Highway about 30 miles northwest of Tok. Containment is now at 85 percent, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
As hot and dry conditions persisted over the 832-acre fire, crews pulled hose lays deeper into the interior of the fire to extinguish pockets of burning vegetation that had potential for spotting outside the perimeter. Crews elsewhere on the fire began dismantling hose lays and preparing pumps for back haul.
Two Type 2 Initial Attack Crews, White Mountain and Tanana Chiefs, were pulled off the fireline Friday night to respond to a new fire along the Richardson Highway near Birch Lake.
Temperatures climbed into the 80’s again Friday, and paired with light breezes, continued to dry the Upper Tanana Valley. Despite an hour of steady rain reported overnight on the fire and cooler temperatures in the forecast this weekend, a burn suspension for the Tok area remains in effect. Open burning and the use of burn barrels are not allowed. Although it is still legal to have campfires less than 3-feet in diameter, forestry fire officials advise you to refrain from doing so until conditions have moderated.
The fire was reported on June 1 about two miles west of the Alaska Highway near Milepost 1350. The fire is believed to be human caused and is under investigation. There are 197 personnel assigned to the fire.
A temporary flight restriction remains in place of the fire and pilots should check with the Federal Aviation Administration before flying in the area. More information on the TFR is available at http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.