Fireworks start wildfire near Gakona

Firefighters scrambled early Thursday morning to put out a wildfire burning near the Copper River that was ignited by fireworks.

The .5 Tok Cut-off Fire (#389) started below a bluff overlooking the Copper River. Fireworks aren’t prohibited in the area despite a burn suspension in place for open debris piles and burn barrels. The Copper River Area has been experiencing near red flag conditions this week due to the hot, dry and windy weather, making conditions conducive to fire starts and rapid fire growth.

Firefighters from the Glennallen Volunteer Fire Department, Glenn Rich Fire and Rescue and Alaska Division of Forestry quickly arrived on scene and suppressed the fire. The fire was considered controlled and contained at 4:13 p.m. Thursday. It’s located 36 miles south of the the Chistochina River Fire (#381).

Fire officials caution people to be careful and not engage in activities that may cause a wildfire, such as lighting fireworks.

For more information, contact BLM Alaska Fire Service Beth Ipsen at (907)356-5511 or eipsen@blm.gov.

This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows both the .5 Tok Cut-Off Fire and the 36.5 Tok Cut-Off Fire.

This Alaska Interagency Coordination Center map shows both the .5 Tok Cut-Off Fire and the 36.5 Tok Cut-Off Fire. Click on link for a pdf version of the map. 8-10-17 .5 Tok Cut-Off Fire

 



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