Chistochina River Fire 100% contained

As of Monday night, the Chistochina River Fire (#381) is 100 percent contained. Crews continue mopping up the fire that burned near Mile 36.5 Tok Cutoff since Friday. There has been no increase in acreage since firefighters and water-scooping aircraft caught the fire at 98 acres on Friday. Since then, crews have worked feverishly to cut  saw line and complex a hoselay to secure the edge. The fire initially got within 75-100 yards of four residences, the highway and a nearby construction camp.

There are 60 people working in the fire inclusion three Type 2 crews — the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanook Fire Crew and emergency firefighters from Minto and Marshall — who are concentrating on putting out hot spots along the inside edge of the fire line. They are supported by Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) personnel who are managing the fire and staffing a helicopter, plus tenders and accompanying firefighters from the Gakona Volunteer Fire Department and the Glenn Rich Fire and Rescue. Meanwhile, DOF fire investigators are on scene and working to determine the cause of the fire.

Temperatures were in the upper 70s today, but are forecasted to cool down considerably this weekend.

For more information, contact BLM Alaska Fire Service Public Affairs Specialist Beth Ipsen at (907)388-2159 or eipsen@blm.gov.

About BLM Alaska Fire Service

The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (AFS) located at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, provides wildland fire suppression services for over 244 million acres of Department of the Interior and Native Corporation Lands in Alaska. In addition, AFS has other statewide responsibilities that include: interpretation of fire management policy; oversight of the BLM Alaska Aviation program; fuels management projects; and operating and maintaining advanced communication and computer systems such as the Alaska Lightning Detection System. AFS also maintains a National Incident Support Cache with a $10 million inventory. The Alaska Fire Service provides wildland fire suppression services for America’s “Last Frontier” on an interagency basis with the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Military in Alaska.

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