Firefighters on Saturday reached 95 percent containment of the North Robertson Fire burning along the Alaska Highway about 30 miles northwest of Tok, according to the Alaska Division of Forestry.
Fire managers downsized the number of personnel assigned to the fire by demobilizing three Type 2 crews Saturday. Many overhead positions will be reduced on Sunday as a smaller Type 4 management organization takes command Monday morning. There were 131 personnel assigned to the fire as of Sunday morning.
Crews from Venetie and Selawik were flown home as their assignment ended. The crew from Mountain Village was reassigned to the Deadmans Slough Fire burning outside of Anvik in Southwest Alaska.
Steady rain fell on the fire overnight and continued into morning. Four crews remain on the fire to finish mopping up. Members of the U.S. Forest Service R-10 Type 2 Initial Attack Crew, along with the UAF Nanooks, Upper Tanana #1, and North Stars Type 2 crews will grid and cold trail the last portions of uncontained fireline to search for any remaining hotspots. They do this by walking in a line, shoulder-to-shoulder, carefully inspecting and feeling everything before them, with their bare hands, for any residual heat to detect any fire. Once mop-up is complete all of the equipment around the fire will back hauled and returned for refurbishing.
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.
A temporary flight restriction remains in place over 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.
Barring significant activity, this will be the last update for the North Robertson Fire. For information on wildland fires burning in Alaska visit the Alaska Wildland Fire Information web site : http://www.akfireinfo.com.